KUPPET urges Magoha to set criteria to assess schools ahead of reopening

KUPPET SG Akello Misori

The Kenya Union of Post Primary Teachers (KUPPET) has said Education CS Prof. George Magoha must get his act together in terms of schools reopening, with a lot of uncertainty still in the air even after teachers went back to schools on Monday to start preparing for a possible reopening. KUPPET secretary general Akello Misori said clear guidelines should be in place to guide readiness assessment, “We urge the CS to immediately establish a criteria of assessing schools in readiness to reopen for learning.”

He said schools should have certain requirements met, which include sufficient learning space to allow for social distancing, water for sanitation, isolation wards holding suspected cases pending medical examination and counselling services and each student must have at least 3 reusable face masks. He said postponing the opening date wouldn’t guarantee that schools will be more prepared then.

He further noted that money shouldn’t be singled out as something that’s holding back the plan to reopen schools, “We expected schools in 2020 to run, we have also seen a huge chunk( of money) going to staff and teachers.” On Tuesday, CS Magoha announced the phased reopening of learning institutions will start on Monday 5th October, with the reopening of universities and tertiary institutions first, final year students being the first to report back to class.