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Education CS Magoha happy with the number of students returning to school

Cabinet Secretary of Education George Magoha has commended parents for sending their
children back to school after a 10-month break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The education CS was speaking while he was touring schools in Nairobi where he was checking
on COVID-19 protocols.
“As you have seen, apart from crowding, all students are wearing their masks and teachers are
ready to teach so let us support them,” Magoha said while he toured Olympic Primary School in
Nairobi’s Kibera.
Olympic Primary schools has one of the highest population of students in Kenya.
“This is the largest school in the country with 4,700 students. Our wish is to have all students
report back to school and get admitted but only where there is space as we are also struggling
with the issue of social distancing,” added Magoha.
“There is no reason why parents should fail to send children to school,” he said, “we have put in
place adequate safety measures but they need to ensure they give them masks.”
Schools across the country have set up several handwashing stations as part of hygiene measures
as directed by the Health Ministry.
All Teachers and Students shall wear appropriate facemasks when on the school premises or
within the school transport, in addition to strictly applying hand-hygiene and physical spacing.
In a press statement issued yesterday, all extra-curricular activities such as sports, drama, music
and prize-giving days, involving more than one school remain prohibited for the next 90 days.
"All exchange visits between schools shall remain prohibited for the same period. Schools shall
maintain a register of all sick pupils/students or teachers, and immediately inform the County
Health Department," read the statement.

By JN Wamanji

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