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CS Magoha dismisses school closure over Covid-19 surge as non-issue

By Mathew Ndungu
Thursday, June 17th, 2021 15:10 | 2 mins read
Education CS Prof George Magoha

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has dismissed the closure of a school in Nyandarua County over Covid-19 as a non-issue.

Mogoha spoke in Thika a day after Uhuru Primary School in Nyandarua County was temporarily closed.

This is after 16 of its pupils and four teachers tested positive for deadly virus.

About 70 learners from the public institution are reported to have visited Nyairoko Dispensary complaining of diarrhea and sore throats and after thorough examination, 16 of them were found to be Covid-19 positive, a situation which prompted the indefinite closure of the school.

But the education CS has insisted that the government is doing everything possible to ensure that all learners across the country are safe.

He reiterated that infection of about ten learners should not affect the learning of 14 million children adding that learning will continue.

“This is not an issue at all. You remember the noise that you people were making before. If the president was not bold enough to open schools, would these children be lining up here to get scholarships to go to high schools,” he told journalists after witnessing ongoing interviews for the World Bank funded Elimu Program that is giving 9,000 scholarships to vulnerable children across the country.

On form one selection that saw hundreds of students miss out on their dream schools, the education CS insisted that all schools in the country are good for any learner.

“This craze of top ten schools must have stopped yesterday. It is not functional, stop making noise and encourage your children,” he told parents.

He decried that some parents have been misguiding their children about performance of certain schools saying that it is not the school that will make a child perform but the zeal and the zest that is with the child.

Magoha urged education stakeholders to allow the Ministry of Education to amend any mistakes in the selection process instead of making noise all over.

“If there was a mistake, for example, if a male child was called to a female school, don’t make too much noise, let us just correct it and move on. If there was a mistake perhaps if a child was called to a far-flung school, let us also correct it and move on. We must now start thinking positively,” he said.

Mathew Ndungu

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