Covid-19:Education Ministry releases guidelines for schools as students go home

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Education CS Prof. George Magoha
Education CS Prof. George Magoha

Following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive to have all learning in schools suspended in a measure aimed at containing the Coronavirus spread, the Ministry of Education led by CS Prof. George Magoha has released guidelines to ensure students and schools maintain the right measures. Day scholars have ceased going to school immediate on Monday, countrywide, while boarding schools have till Wednesday 18th to ensure they are closed.

The Education Ministry has urged parents who can pick up their children to do so with principals and headteachers notifying parents. Schools have been urged to make arrangements to use school buses to ferry learners to their homes or nearest designated drop off points which must be within proximate distance to be picked by parents. Schools should also organize with NTSA licensed public transport providers to pick learners from school, and on this, they must ensure the vehicles are sanitized, inspected before boarding, all vehicles must not carry any other passengers on the way and the vehicles should take the learners to their homes or nearest designated drop off points which must be within proximate distances to their homes where parents can pick them.

Students have also been told to keep cautious record of people they interact with on the way home, with records kept for future reference. Schools should give learners instructions on how to keep safe on transit and while at home. Field officers have been directed to work with the National Government Administration Officers led by Regional Commissioners to ensure that no released learner is found unattended in bus stages.