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[Opinion]- Parents, Teachers and Students Should Forget About Opening of Schools Anytime Soon

Last month, our president his Excellency president Uhuru Kenyatta gave out stringent measures that will help the country in fighting the third wave of COVID-19 pandemic. One of the issues the president tabled were cessation of movement within Nairobi, Kajiado, Kiambu, Nakuru, and Machakos counties, banking the sale of alcohol in the locked down counties and immediate closure of colleges and universities. His directive has already been a huge blow to many students since some of them were in fourth year preparing to sit for their final exams.

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As the ministry of health reports, the positivity rate for the disease as of yesterday stands and 12.4 percent. The World Health Organization recommends that public gatherings as well as learning should only take place if the positivity rate is below 5.0 percent. As per the current view, learning in primary schools, secondary and tertiary institutions will remain suspended for a longer time if the positivity rate is not going down anytime.

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Schools are supposed to be opened in early May this year for term three. The first week of April still has a positivity rate over 10 percent. No miracle can be done in three weeks to ensure that the rate of infections drop drastically. According to the president's order, schools were indefinitely closed which means no single Kenyan knows when to resume studies.

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According to the trend we are experiencing as a country, we might not reopen schools in May. Parents, teachers and students should be prepared for a longer stay at their homes.

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