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Morning Brief: Latest Education News In The Headlines This Thursday, July 8th

What you should know: Joseph Karuga, Nicholas Maiyo and Kahi Indimuli advise the government to impose travel restrictions as schools close next week to help curb Covid-19 infection, PS Julius Jwan says the Ministry of Education has released Sh7 billion to learning institutions, Mr Alfred Mbori of Yago mixed secondary school in Migori on the spot as workers and students riot.

1. Sh7b capitation released to schools, universities

The Ministry of Education has disbursed Sh6.6 billion to secondary schools being payment of capitation money for the third term which ends on July 16.

As per the Principal Secretary for Basic Education Dr Julius Jwan, the money was part of the remaining amount for secondary schools for the current term which ends by next week.

Teachers’ colleges have received Sh170 million while Sh172 million sent to special needs schools according to Dr Jwan.

When the third term began on May 10th, the government disbursed Sh7.5 billion and Education CS George Magoha promised that the National Treasury would release more money to schools.

2. Principals call for travel restrictions as schools close next week

Education stakeholders interviewed by a renowned local news platform have warned that parents, students and teachers are at higher risk of COVID-19 infection as a fourth wave peaks in July when students will be home for holiday between July 17 and July 25.

School heads fear increased travels beginning next week as schools close could spike Covid infections rate, therefore, they request the government to adopt some preventive measures such as impose travel restrictions and vaccinating all teachers with the first and second dose to ensure the virus does not invade the school system when students return.

“At the end of the holiday, we don’t want to hear that schools are being closed down to stem the spread of Covid-19. We cannot afford to lose any more time,” said Joseph Karuga, the Kenya Primary School Heads Association Kepsha chairperson.

“Increased travels could easily spike the infections and the effects will be seen when schools reopen. Measures to ensure schools do not close again should be taken,” Nicholas Maiyo, the Kenya Parents Association chairman said.

“The moment the second vaccine went into my arm, I felt a sudden excitement about returning to school that I had not felt before,” Mr Kahi Indimuli who is the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association chairman said.

3. Alleged mismanagement paralyses learning at Migori

The principal of Yago mixed secondary school in Awendo, Migori County, is on the spot as workers and students riot over alleged mismanagement.Yago Mixed Sec Student riot: photo courtesy/ Education News

According to the report, the support staff downed their tools demanding pending payments whereas students matched out of the school compound demanding transfer of the principal.

Mr Alfred Mbori, the principal, is said to have been sending students home for school fees arrears as low as Ksh 300 but still feed them on a poor diet - this agitated the students making them go on the streets.

For two days, learning activities at the school were stopped as the workers were not ready to prepare the meals. The school management was thus forced to send students home for a while as they plan on how to pay the workers sooner.

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Alfred Mbori Joseph Karuga Kahi Indimuli Migori Nicholas Maiyo

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