Kisii 7 Oct 2020 …………… As Schools in the country are set to reopen on October 12 for Grade 4, Class 8 and Form 4 students , there is still mixed reactions over the same as other stakeholders call the ministry to rethink about the reopening of school.
Speaking to Gusii star Kisii county Education Board Chairperson also Director Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology has noted that there are many factors which should be taken into consideration before rushing to open schools.
According to Professor Onderi the country is not ready for the reopening of the schools one of the factors being lack of enough facilities that are required in schools.
He added that despite the flattening of Covid 19 graph the facilities in the schools are yet to be able to take place with the guidelines of health protocols put in place by the ministry of health and world health organizations since the school have not improved infrastructures.
” we don’t have enough facilities in our schools, no extra dormitories , dining room , classrooms that are in place rather than what the ministry put in place of making desks’
” I want to appreciate the ministry for the initiative to have desks in our schools however what about in Kisii where it rains anytime , it’s expected that the pupils can use the desks under the tree but because of the change of the weather the desk will not be useful , but if we had enough classrooms , laboratory , dining hall , library students can use them without desks ” he added
Professor noted that it has become a challenge to the board of management and the school administration to have good structures in place for the reopening for lacking funds .
“ By the moment we have no funding to schools which can enable to have water running in schools, have sanitizers have thermoguns with officers from the ministry who can be able to access the situation of the pupils , teachers and workers in the school n, its going to be serious problem to the BOM’ he said
” Therefore i call upon the ministry of Education to send money to schools before reopening schools so that the BOM can be involved in the preparations of the reopening of schools
Onderi also added that opening of schools in October will imply that the school calendar for the entire country will be overhauled which means that the bill should be passed through parliament to change the calendar.
“Changing of the school calendar can not be easy thing to do because it must go through parliament requesting for changes which will not be practical at the moment ” he added
He noted that changing of the calendar will affect the relationship of Kenya with its neighboring countries who at the same time use the same calendar.
Another factor according to the Professor about the time yet to open the schools is that a term should have 13 to 14 weeks but if the schools reopens now the term will have less weeks affecting learning activities.
Also it has emerged that parents have already set their minds to January where most of them get bonuses in November / December and do saving for January .
” Most of the parents have mind set that the school will open in January , Opening schools now it means that schools will be opened without parents paying fees who ost of them have been affected with the pandemic” he said
” Opening schools without school fees payment will add more problems to school managements , following that there are some workers in schools who have not been paid since March and its ironic to tell them to come back to school; ” he added
This comes after a statement on Tuesday, Magoha said the schools will close on December 23, 2020, for a one week break.
This means that they will open schools on January 4, 2021, up to March 19, 2021
Magoha said that KCPE will start on March 22, 2021, and end on March 24, 2021.
KCSE exams will start on March 25, 2021, and end on April 16, 2021.
Marking of the KCSE exams will be for three weeks from April 19 to May 7, 2021.