The government will not enforce Social distancing when schools reopen fully: Education CAS
The chief administrative secretary in the ministry of education, Zack Kinuthia, has revealed that the government will not be looking to enforce social distancing in schools but will instead rely on other measures to curb spread of covid-19. Speaking to KTN news channel during an interview, the CAS expressed his doubts that social distancing is a great test element in containing corona virus. He insisted that providing children with Masks and sanitizers takes centre stage.
“I don’t think social distancing is a great test element in containing corona virus. Masking children and sanitizing them takes centre stage,” expressed Kinuthia.
Kinuthia revealed that the government is not keen on enforcing social distancing ahead of schools’ reopening. “The government is not keen on enforcing social distancing. It will however ensure strict adherence to masking of our children,” he added.
According to Kinuthia, two thirds of learners will be locked out of learning, should the government embrace social distancing as a measure to curb the spread of Covid – 19 in schools.
“The government is not going to use social distancing as a bottleneck. Were we to apply social distancing as is expected of 25 children in one class, two thirds of our 16 million learners in Kenya will be locked out of school when we reopen, “the education boss explained.
The ministry chief assured his audience that the government is ready to reopen schools fully since it has been preparing for the last four months.
“As a government, we are ready to reopen schools. We have been preparing for the last 4 months,” he added.
On the contrary, KESSHA Chairman Kahi Indimuli, who was also part of the interview, said the biggest challenge in schools would be social distancing since By the time schools were closing, most of them had recorded congested classrooms.
“We will never attain 100% readiness. But based on the Ministry of Education guidelines, we are on some percentage. From the Covid19 response education committee point of view, most of the measures that were put in place are yet to be done to the satisfaction of what the committee was looking forward to,” said Mr. Indimuli. NEXT