A Kenyan girls’ school was caught on video spraying and fumigating students the same way people do to cattle to kill ticks as the gradual reopening of schools kicked off on Monday.
The incident has left many tongues wagging with many condemning the action saying it was exposing the girls to more danger than they are already in the face of Covid-19.
An assumably back to school sanitization exercise being conducted on students.
What can you say?
(Video courtesy) pic.twitter.com/iSRXDKDjJC
— The Standard Digital (@StandardKenya) October 12, 2020
“Such things and spray booths were banned by the Ministry of Health. How did adults sit down and decided that spraying children like this contains Covid-19? What happened to running water?” asked Dr. Mercy Korir, a journalist and health expert.
The incident has also exposed how unprepared and clueless most schools in Kenya are on how to handle students as learning resumes. Professor George Magoha has bragged that schools were set and ready without even setting foot on the ground.
Schools are required to have sanitizers for students to regularly sanitize their hands to reduce the possibility of getting/spreading the Covid-19 virus. The sanitizers are supposed to be stationed at a central location where all students can access.
Running water and soap
It is a requirement for every school to have a reliable, steady running water with soap for students to regularly wash their hands. The water should also be stationed in strategic positions where students can access at any time.
The Ministry of Education had directed heads of schools to ensure that their institutions had what it takes to facilitate the reopening of schools. Grade 4, Standard 8, and Form 4 are back in schools and expected to sit for their national exams on March 2021.