By Nsunjo Erica
The government had allocated a number of public schools to the Ministry Of Heath to be used as isolation centers for COVID-19 patients following the closure of the learning institutions in March.
Earlier this week, Education CS George Magoha said stakeholders had noted the COVID-19 curve has been flattening hence resolved to reopen learning institutions earlier than initially projected.
The Ministry of Education officials have now requested their Health counterparts to vacate and fumigate public schools that were used as quarantine facilities for COVID-19 patients following immediate closure of schools.
Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang noted that the vacation of all these public schools by all COVID-19 patients should be done by September 28, 2020, before the institutions are reopened officially.
Where are all the COVID-19 patients that were being quarantined in these schools going to be evacuated to? The government had earlier on said that the country lacked enough isolation facilities that’s why schools were being used.
A number of these schools were the country’s major isolation facilities and therefore following their reopening between 4 and 19th October, the country is in for some confusion before new are allocated.
Hospitals were discovered not to be enough to accommodate both on treatment and those in isolation. The situation is yet to trigger congestion in hospitals since they are to be major isolation facilities for a while now that schools are to reopen.
Although reports of the COVID-19 curve flattening are flooding the country, COVID-19 cases are still being recorded and no one is sure if the curve will continue flattening or will raise therefore isolation facilities are still of great importance.
Current Update On Reopening Of Schools
Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha during the stakeholders meeting at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) said it was time for children to resume school without giving the exact reopening date.
Sources reveal that schools could reopen on October 4, 2020, if more preparations are needed then the opening dates will be pushed to 0ctober 12. On the extreme, the final date of reopening is pegged on October 19, 2020.
Earlier this week, primary and secondary school teachers have been ordered to return to school by Monday next week in preparation for the eventual reopening of learning institutions due in a fortnight.