As the president meets the council of governors to discuss the next measures to be taken in addressing the effects of the pandemic across the country, schools are already starting to cry foul of covid-19. The virus has now clearly penetrated the much praised “safe school walls” of Prof. George Magoha as he still maintains that students are safer in schools. Busia County Governor, Ojaamong has confirmed that 60 covid-19 cases have been confirmed at Salvation Army Kolanya Boys High School.
The 60 cases include 52 KCSE Candidates, 6 teachers and two support staff. The 60 cases were confirmed from a total of 100 samples that were collected from the school indicating that there might be more cases in the school as contact tracing kicked off. The 52 students are currently under isolation in the school as the county has deployed medics to attend to them.
Leaders across the country including Elgeyo Marwaket senator Kipchumba Murkomen weighed in on the matter, stating that the school-reopening was a total mistake amidst an ongoing pandemic.
With this lethal second wave of COVID19 I maintain that opening schools was a mistake https://t.co/OhHU7YXEJY
— KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) November 3, 2020
As the country comes to terms with the fact that we might be facing a second wave of the pandemic, the education sector is increasingly coming under immense pressure to declare an informed plan to protect students in schools. The proposed full reopening of schools also lies in a limbo now owing to the latest developments in regards to the pandemic.
What next for schools??