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School Reopening Dates Postponed Until Further Notice

President William Ruto has directed the Ministry of Education to postpone the reopening of schools again.

This comes days after the government postponed the school reopening dates by one week following heavy rains which have caused flooding in the country.

The Kenya Meteorological Department has predicted an extended rain period, which could extend to the end of the month of May.

In a State of the Nation Address on Friday, May 3, 2024, Ruto directed the Ministry of Special Programs to work with development partners and relevant humanitarian organisations to mobilise adequate food and non-food supplies to support persons affected by floods.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, through the National Cereals and Produce Board, has been directed to make available food supplies in government stores to support this effort.

“The Ministry of Health is directed to work with development partners, including the WHO, AMREF, Red Cross, UNHCR, WFP and other relevant humanitarian organisations to mobilise resources and logistical support to avail essential drugs and other medical supplies,” Ruto added.

The Ministry of Interior has been directed to coordinate the relocation and evacuation of the affected members of the public, identification of sites for temporary shelter for displaced persons and supervise the overall support programs.

“Members of Parliament are requested to re-organize their CDF allocations to prioritise the reconstruction of school infrastructure that has been damaged as a result of the floods,” Ruto added.

He further requested county governments, Development Partners and the Private Sector to join efforts.

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