In only a span of two weeks since schools reopened, it has now emerged that a total of 17 students and 33 teachers have tested positive for covid-19 even as the ministry of education remains adamant that schools won’t be closed down. The figures were revealed by the Education Principal Secretary Dr. Belio Kipsang when he appeared before the National Assembly’s Education Committee yesterday. The cases have been reported from 35 schools across the country.
The PS was however assertive that schools won’t be closed any time soon despite the rising cases of covid-19 in the country. “We are not about to close schools unless advised by the Ministry of Health, but we are putting our heads together to work out modalities of reopening other classes,” said Dr. Kipsang. He also admitted that its a huge challenge achieving social distancing in public schools where facilities are limited and the infrastructure cannot satisfy the MOH regulations with their current capacity. Public schools would need to double their infrastructure if this is to be achieved.
Dr. Belio also defended the ministry insisting that they already have plans in place to help schools by providing water for regular washing of hands and enforcing wearing of masks in schools. Unfortunately, the answer didn’t satisfy the public who took to Twitter to air out their frustrations with the government on their failure to provide adequate measures to mitigate the virus in schools. The PS still insisted that the government will not purchase masks for students and that the responsibility should be thrown back to parents.