Early in the morning today Education CS George Magoha let the cat out of the bag to parents that they will bear some costs of accessing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) ahead of school reopening.
The CS visited various schools in Vihiga and Kakamega counties in order to inspect the availability of water and other facilities ahead of schools reopening in September.
“We must tackle this problem together, it is the duty of government to provide thermo guns.What I have said is that, us together with you people, we shall apply the thermo guns.
“The government is not where it was two years go so that there is money where you just apply and it comes,” stated Magoha.
The CS also stated that the government is set to provide two face masks but again urged the parents to buy more for their children.
“We want to get direction from the World Health Organization because every child back in school must wear a mask.
“The government is thinking of producing two masks which are washable per child but those of you who can afford to buy more masks for your children or grandchildren will do if you love them, don’t start making noise when there are not there,” said the CS
He also promised that the government would provide water tanks to those schools that have none so that they can access water as per the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) guidelines on the reopening of schools.
“Where there are no water tanks and they are very few, the government shall ensure that those schools have water tanks.
“You have heard me encourage the MPs to do the same, if they do the same then it releases the money that the government has to help us ensure that each school has sanitisers,” he explained
The president on 6th June said that the MOE will come up with new school calendar mid August as there will be partial opening of schools come September. Therefore on the issue of whether there will be exam or not the CS said that he is still in consultation with other stakeholders in order to find a suitable solution for everyone.
“If you all say that schools can’t open on September 1, as a messenger, I will give the report back to the owner of the process and tell him, ‘your Excellency, the citizens have said this’,” said the CS.