Education cabinet secretary Professor George Magoha has said the re-opening of schools in the country will not be rushed owing to pressure from external forces but will only be done basing on government’s decision.
Professor Magoha said there are cartels with the ministry that are driving the agenda to rush the re-opening of schools, regardless of the Covid 19 pandemic, with a target of getting monetary gains at the expense of learners .
“We will keep on assessing the Covid 19 situation in the country to determine the way forward in relation to re-opening of scho9l because the lives of our learners are more important,” Professor Magoha spoke in Trans Nzoia.
He said the cartels are behind the misinformation regarding the community learning programme which he said does not imply that schools are –reopening but is instead geared towards supplementing online learning.
“Schools are not re-opening in September widely speculated. Community learning will go in in residential places where learners will be taught on life skills and not the curriculum as claimed,” said professor Magoha.
He dismissed calls from some non-governmental organisations and united nation bodies to have the schools re-open on grounds of taming teenage pregnancies saying parents must take responsibly of guarding the children instead.
“We can’t run away from our responsibilities as parents hoping that schools ought to be re-opened to tame the pregnancy menace yet everyone has a duty to instill moral values in his or her children,” said the principal secretary.
The Cs who was inspecting the Kitale National Polytechnic to determine the preparedness of the institution in recalling students said there is still more than needs to be done before they can be given the green light.
“This institution needs to add in a little effort to meet the minimum standards of re-opening. We are not yet convinced as per the current plan since the measures put in place were rushed,” observed Professor Magoha.