Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkom has warned over the planned reopening of schools in October this year.
The government is yet to issue an exact date for reopening but stakeholders charged with planning the logistics have recommended October 19th as the official opening date.
Early this week, Teachers Service Commission (TSC) boss Nancy Macharia directed teachers to report to school on September 28th and prepare schemes of work, lesson plans, and class timetables.
However, according to Murkomen, the move is disastrous considering that the government is yet to lapse exiting Covid-19 regulations.
Through his Twitter account, Murkoment explained that allowing students in schools will be a disastrous move.
“I don’t support the efforts to hurriedly re-open schools in October. First relax the rules applied on churches, mosques, temples, hotels, funerals, bars, political rallies and other social gatherings/places,” said Murkomen.
According to sources, schools may be opened in slightly over a fortnight, adding that teachers were recalled first to aid in assessing the schools’ readiness and put in place safety protocols including installation of hand washing areas, rearranging of desks in classrooms and beds in the dormitories to factor in social distancing and give their report within one week.
Sources inside the planning of the reopening added that candidates who were set to sit their exams this year will take it in April. The government is keen on ensuring no student repeats the same class.
The reopening of universities and the tertiary institutions has been left in the hands of the individual senate councils to evaluate their preparedness and announce when learning can resume.