It has now been revealed that some students arrived in schools without masks, probably because their parents could not afford them.
Monday, 12 October, marked the first day for students to be back in class after seven months of staying at home.
Schools were shut down back in mid-March when COVID-19 started wreaking havoc in the country
However, the government decided to reopen schools after the COVID-19 curve started showing signs of flattening, and on Monday, school doors were opened.
Grade four, standard eight and form four students were the first group to be welcomed back in school. Unfortunately, some arrived with just books without crucial items such as face masks.
The government had directed that all students should have face masks while in school to curb the spread of the virus.
The Chairman of Kenya Secondary's Heads Association Indimuli Kahi has told Citizen TV that schools were forced to issue face masks to students who arrived without one.
He, however, noted that the schools do not have a budget for face masks.
"We expected that gov’t would provide masks to students…I have seen some schools providing masks but there are no budgets for masks in schools," Indimuli said in this video
Indimuli further noted that school heads are facing many challenges because the funds they received from government delayed hitting their school accounts. The funds allocated to schools are still low because the fund was being allocated depending on the number of students per school.
Schools with fewer students are thus getting fewer funds, which could hinder the general running of the school.
"It is challenging for Principals but I know they will find ways of mitigating the challenge as they await funds from government," he added.
Earlier on, Education CS asked teachers no to send students back home for school fees.
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