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Social distancing not possible in schools – Magoha

By Robert Ochoro
Friday, October 30th, 2020
Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof George Magoha sits on a new Desk at Kereri Girls high school on Friday when he assessed learning and delivery of desks to schools.
In summary

The social distancing, one of the measures to curb the spread of Covid 19 will not be achieved in schools Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof George Magoha has said.

He said the enrollment in schools is 150 per cent, noting it will not be possible for learners to embrace social distancing as required due to high enrollment in the learning institutions.

Speaking at Kereri Girls high school on Friday after he assessed learning and delivery of desks, the CS said wearing masks, washing and sanitizing hands will complement the effort in fighting the pandemic in the schools.

“We should have water points at schools and sanitizers to mitigate against social distancing. I urge the media to  help monitor the quality of desks made and delivered and ensure they are not moved from one school to another,” Magoha said.

He said that education officers are monitoring the delivery of the desks which is to cost Sh1.9 billion under the economic stimulus package adding that 15 schools in Kisii county will get the desks.

Magoha said youth have been contracted to supply the desks to selected primary and secondary schools, adding they  will be paid through M-pesa to avoid graft.

The CS, accompanied by schools’ Principal, Teresa Atieno, County Director of Education, Pius Ngo’ma , Nyabururu Girls Principal, Joyce Orioki and contractor Justin Miruka said the government will audit desks delivered to schools in two weeks.

Magoha said members of the public are putting pressure on the government to open schools amid increasing cases of Covid 19 and urged them to be patient.

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