MP wants pre-primary learners excluded from school re-opening plan

Saboti MP Caleb Amisi issues a bursary Cheque to a needy student in Kitale on June 15, 2020. Photo/Aspect News

Saboti MP Caleb Amisi wants the ministry of education to exclude pre-primary classes in a road map geared towards the re-opening of schools as directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mr. Amisi said doing so would expose the learners to the risk of contracting the Covid 19 disease since it’s hard to subject them to social distancing guidelines owing to their playful nature.

“It will be challenge to maintain the one meter rule for the young learners. The best option is to let them stay at home until the Corona Virus curve will have flattened,” he spoke in Kitale.

The legislator was issuing bursary Cheques to some 127 needy students who were selected by communities across the constituency .

Education stakeholders in Trans Nzoia County have advised the ministry of education against re-opening of schools saying the move might be disastrous since the Corona virus pandemic is yet to be contained.

The chairman of the Kenya Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) in the region Mr. Eliud Wafula said the lives of students supersede their education needs hence there is no need for hurrying.

“It will be a great mistake for the government to re-open schools in the near future. Controlling the spread of the virus in the institutions is impossible since facilities are commonly shared,” said Mr. Wafula.

The chairman also said the fact that most boarding schools draw students from across the country further complicates the matrix since it will form ground for spreading of the virus chain.

“There are some parts of this country which have reported high cases of infections while some have not. It would be a challenge if learners from high risk areas mingle with others,” noted the trade unionist.