CS Magoha issues strict orders to principals as schools reopen
Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha has issued a stern warning to school heads in regard to the Covid-19 observance measures.
In a stament to news rooms on Saturday, July 31, Magoha said that some administrators are permitting the use of school busses for purposes unrelated to academic purposes.
"Further, some of the schools are failing to comply with Ministry f Health Guidelnes on social distancing in monitor vehicles, thereby exposing learners to the dangerous of Covid-19," the statement from the Ministry of Education said in part.
Magoha further directed school administrators and Boards of management to use school buses exclusively for academic-related purposes and desist from hiring out vehicles for other purposes.
In his argument, Magoha said that in transporting learners, administrators’ must ensure that all the Ministry of Health measures of combatting COVID-19 are strictly adhered to.
"Additionally, parents and guardians are advised to ensure transportation for Form One learners who will be reporting to school from Monday, August 2,2021 are protected from the dangers of Covid-19," the statement from the Ministry of Education said in part.
The announcement by Magoha comes after Nyeri County governor Mutahi Kahiga raised alarm after his county recorded 32 Covid- 19 related deaths in the past two months even as the weekly positivity rate gets to a high of 35%.
According to governor Kahiga, there has been an upsurge in Covid - 19 infections in the county which is straining health facilities.
So far Nyeri county has recorded 2592 cases and 152 deaths. Currently, 61 patients are admitted at hospitals across the county with 38 of them relying on supplementary oxygen for breathing.
According to Kahiga, Ngorano Secondary School had a positivity rate of 88%.
Health Services Director Nelson Muriu said that out of 118 students who took tests, 104 were positive. 87 were borders and 17 learners were day scholars whereby some were isolated in the school and the rest were placed under home-based care.
"Most of the students showed mild symptoms, while others were asymptomatic. The good thing is that young people are not much affected by the disease," Muriu said.