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Here Are The First Challenges Teachers Met As Schools Reopened Today

Hundreds of thousands of Kenyan children have reported back to schools today 4 January 2021. Already the biggest challenge emerging especially among Primary schoolchildren is the World Health Organization requirement that people observe a one meter apart distance in all public settings.

Pupils at a Nairobi primary school on Monday 4 January 2021.

Photo | Courtesy.

Available infrastructure in many schools will be extremely overstretched for the social distancing requirement to be met. A 1.6 billion project by President Uhuru Kenyatta to kit schools with additional desks fizzled out.

Another critical challenge is the provision of clean, running water for constant washing of hands. This problem is exercebated in upcountry schools with big populations.

Then the psychological challenge to adopt to a learning environment for children who've been home for close to a year is manifesting itself. Someone jokingly captioned a social media post that some students are returning to school as big as the PTA chairman!

Overall the cost of transportation has shot up astronomically with fare from Siaya to Nairobi going up to Shs 3000 from the usual Shs 1500.

As UNICEF supports the Kenya government initiative to open schools today there's hope that international aid will be forthcoming to augment government initiatives to help surmount the challenges.

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