Bahati Girls Secondary School has now become the latest school to record a positive covid-19 case after Nakuru County Government reported that 68 students had contracted the virus. This comes just a day after the president insisted that candidates will remain in schools despite the surge in the number of covid-19 cases in the country. Contrary to what most expected, the president seemed to stand by the CS George Magoha’s sentiments that students are safer in schools.
Nakuru County Executive Committee member in charge of Health Mr Kariuki Gichuki also confirmed that five teachers tested positive for the virus at the same institution. On top of the positive cases, he also added that 115 other students are undergoing quarantine within the school after coming into close contact with the 68 students. One of the students also developed complications after contracting the virus and is being attended to at the Nakuru PGH Covid-19 Prevention and Management Center.
The county government also issued an official statement in regards to the same, highlighting the state of covid-19 in learning institutions within the county.
As the number of students testing positive continues to trickle in, the ministry of education will have to make some tough choices in order to protect students. The fact that the government is not willing to allocate any budget to supply schools with the necessary essentials like masks and sanitizers for students also makes it even harder for schools to guarantee students’ safety. This means that the numbers are likely to even surge higher than expected when mass testing in schools kick-off. Currently, the government is only doing targeted testing because of the limited resources within the counties.