Only Needy Learners Will be given free masks: Magoha Declares
Education cabinet secretary, George Magoha has revealed that only learners from needy backgrounds will benefit from the free masks, which will be given to learners upon resumption of learning in January 2021. This comes a few days after CAS for basic education, Zack Kinuthia, assured parents that the government will provide two washable masks to all learners when schools reopen on November 4th 2021.
Magoha, who was speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony of Dr Ida Odinga Library, Research, Innovation and Resource Center at Ogande Girls High School in Homa Bay county, said that the Government will develop modalities of identifying the needy students whose parents cannot afford masks.
“The masks will be given to pupils whose parents are truly unable to afford them. We know how we will identify them,” said Magoha.
The CS assured parents that the Government will cater for protective gear of their children to prevent them from getting infected with Covid-19.
He added that all learners must resume learning regardless of whether they are pregnant or not, citing that pregnancy is not a disease.
“Pregnancy is not a disease. Let all pupils return to school in January and complete their studies,” Magoha added.
On social distancing concerns when schools reopen, the CS assured parents that the Government will deliver desks whose tender was awarded to various carpenters at a cost of Sh1.9 billion, by January 4th.
Prof Magoha also announced that KCSE and KCPE candidates who registered for the examinations in private schools will be admitted to public schools. The candidates will learn in the public schools until a few days to the start of the examinations before returning to the private schools to sit for the papers.
He warned head teachers against denying students from private schools admission.“All pupils who cannot return to their private schools will be admitted in public schools. KCPE and KCSE candidates will learn in public schools but they will return to the private schools during examinations time to enable them sit the exams,” the CS said.
Magoha also warned principals against sending pupils home for school fees. He noted that many parents are having financial difficulties due to effects of Covid-19, thus learners should not be harassed over fees.
“To principals, do your homework before you send a student back home for school fees. We don’t want students to be sent home,” Magoha warned. next