Top government officials have raised concerns about the lack of large numbers of students in Kisii schools, despite resumption of academic activities across the country.
The officers, including the Permanent Secretary for Gender Affairs Professor Collette Suda, the Health PS Susan Mochache and the East African Community Dr. Desai Kevit, have revealed that various stakeholders have launched an operation to hunt down students who have not returned to school.
The government officials spoke during a visit to assess the state of re-enrollment in various primary and secondary schools in the county, where they witnessed first-hand how students, teachers and field education officials are coping in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic. .
Speaking at Tendere Primary School in Gucha Sub-County, Professor Suda praised local schools for following the Ministry of Health's guidance in combating the spread of Corona virus, by ensuring that there are hand washing facilities, soaps and creams.
However, Professor Suda touched on the challenge of lack of adequate space to take into account the lack of closeness among students in schools.
Suda says the challenge is due to the large number of students and the lack of basic infrastructure in some schools and assured that the government plans to build more classrooms and dormitories in those schools to address the challenge.
For his part Secretary Mochache said private schools are in a better position than public schools due to the small number of students enabling students to stay far apart.
Mochache, speaking at Green Hill Private School on the outskirts of Kisii Town, was saddened by the closure of some private schools due to the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic.
The officers also visited Mobamba Primary School in South Masaba Sub-County, Suguta Girls' High School in Nyamache and Bishop Mugendi High School in Sameta Sub-County, where they provided relief supplies, soap and towels.
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