Trans Nzoia: Teachers warn against rushed re-opening of schools

The chairman of (KUPPET) in Trans Nzoia Mr. Eliud Wafula addresses journalists in Kitale on May 15, 2020. Photo/Aspect News

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.

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Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has formed a nine-member committee to craft a back-to-school roadmap and advise him on steps to take in a sector hit  by Covid-19.

The Covid-19 Education Response Committee will be chaired by Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) chairperson Sara Ruto.

Stakeholders at regional institutions of higher learning have also backed strengthening of virtual learning as the best alternative towards continuation of learning at all levels of education.

“This is the time when we have to strengthen e-learning as an alternative mode of teaching to ensure learning is not paralyzed by the virus,” said the Director of Mt. Kenya University in Kitale Dr. David Lwangale.