Yesterday while addressing the nation during Labour Day Celebration, president Uhuru Kenyatta lifted Covid-19 containment measures. President Kenyatta delivered good news to students after directing that in-person learning in all learning Institutions to resume according to academic calendar. The move brought to an end the uncertainties in education on whether or not schools will reopen.
However, despite president Uhuru Kenyatta directive there are still hitches that are likely to mar much anticipated May reopening of learning institutions. According to Star Newspaper high rate of infections and challenges in transport sector are still big hurdles to school reopening.
The source reveal that World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF recommend a five percent rate of infections over period of four weeks for schools to resume in-person learning. As at yesterday the rate of Covid-19 infections in the country stands at 12.3% which is high than 5% that is recommended. High rate of Covid-19 infections is likely to pose a big challenge to schools ahead of next week reopening.
Transport is another hurdle that is likely to affect school reopening. Kenya Parent Association chairperson Nicholas Maiyo says that parents should anticipate an extra cost of returning their children to school. Maiyo want government to contract transport companies and ensure they are standby if learning is to resume.
"We ask the government to intervene and ensure transport companies do not use this opportunity to exploit parents through exorbitant fares,” Maiyo told the Star.
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