By Emmanuel Mukavi
The headteacher of Sinoko DEB Primary school Mwelu Wasilwa urged all education stakeholders to ensure students are safe while at home and school. Mwelu said this in his office to mark the reopening of the schools since 12 Oct in 2020 from the shutdown in March due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in Kenya.
The head said that the entire school paused challenges from the start of the reopening of the school, pupils had challenges to abid to Covid-19 protocols since they were introduced to their new norms.
“We had challenges at our reopening but we prepared according to the health protocols to abid the rules as per the Ministry of Health” he stated.
The school had prepared from the gate by ensuring temperatures are taken and recorded before entering and leaving the gate, installed water points and running water, and hand washing sanitizers. This was as a measure to protect the health of both pupils and teachers in the school.
He added that all classrooms had observed the social distance rule by ensuring desks are arranged 1.5m apart this was done to reduce contact of pupils in the class.” we have arranged our classes to the standard distance to minimize contact and also ensure maximum space is attained in classrooms” said Mr. Wasilwa.
This comes a few weeks after CAS for Education George Magoha announced the full reopening for all learners in schools on 4th January 2021. The closure of schools came after the outbreak of Covid-19 in Kenya in March 2020 that led to a partial lockdown in the country.
According to the statement from the Ministry of Education, the reopening date will apply to pp1 and 2; Grade 1,2, and 3 classes 5,6, and 7 forms 1,2 and3. Pre-primary 1 and 2, Grade 1,2, and 3.
Pupils will proceed for a 7-week holiday to allow for KCPEand KCSE examination administration and marking. This came following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive on the state of the Nation Address on November 12, when the president instructed Magoha to review the 2021 academic calendar within two weeks’ time.
Mr. Wasilwa warned that Covid-19 was real and it was upon all of us to take collective responsibility to prevent it from spreading in the country. “The entire society must take risk against the deadly virus since it had cost lives in the entire World” stated the head.