Education CS George Magoha has made himself clear on the fate of schools in the 13 Lake Region Counties that have been placed under lock-down due to high cases of Covid-19.
Magoha, on Thursday, June 24, declined to shut down the schools, arguing that the decision to reopen schools was based on in-depth research and consultation with Health Ministry officials.
Stakeholders and parents in Busia, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Kakamega, Kericho, Bomet, Bungoma, Trans-Nzoia, Kisumu, Siaya, Homa-Bay, and Migori counties had demanded the closure of the schools in the region.
But a tough talking Magoha said that no school was going to be closed down as Covid-19 was here to stay.
Prof. Magoha however explained that if there is a crisis in one particular school, that school will be dealt with in isolation.
The Education CS said that this was a tight year that the Ministry could not afford to lose and that the decision to reopen schools was well informed.
The government reviewed curfew to 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. in the 13 Counties as the Health Ministry moved to curb the spread of Covid-19.
“Covid is here to stay… If there is a crisis in one particular school, that school will be dealt with in isolation.
And this is what we have done in the past and it has worked,” Magoha insisted.
He however noted that President Uhuru Kenyatta was keenly following the developments in the 13 counties.