It’s time to reopen learning institutions says Magoha

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Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha has hinted at the re-opening of Basic Education institutions soon. Appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on Education Wednesday, the CS said the Ministry is engaging stakeholders to ensure the safe resumption of basic education in line with the Presidential directive on COVID-19.

” I cannot give you a definite date, but I can assure you that it is Time to Reopen Learning Institutions, because we do not expect any much difference now. We have to ask ourselves what will be different in January 2021, if there won’t be much difference, we need to move towards a consensus to reopen schools as soon as possible.” Said Magoha

He said that reopening of all learning institutions should take cognizance of the guiding principles provided by Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.

The guidelines include reducing contact in learning institutions by

The CS  noted that until a vaccine or cure is found for COVID-19, the country will have to take measures to mitigate its spread.

Prof Magoha at the same time said the country has a shortage of 125,480 teachers, and that the ministry in collaboration with the Teachers Service Commission has instituted several measures to address the situation.

The measures include recruitment of additional teachers yearly depending on the available resources, utilization of intern teachers, as well as training of teachers at both degree and diploma levels.