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Education CS George Magoha. Photo | The Standard
Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha has dismissed fears that the government was considering closing schools (for the second time) following the COVID-19 incidents that have been reported in learning institutions after their reopening.
In a report by The Standard, the CS said that the few incidents that have been reported of students and teachers contracting the virus have been sorted out and there was nothing to worry about. He was speaking in Kakamega where he presided over the distribution of desks.
"We are glad that the three million learners spread across Grade 4, Class 8 and Form 4 are in good health and nothing worrying has happened from the time they reopened that would warrant closing down again," he said.
"Although we have had several cases in Mombasa leading to the closure of three learning institutions for a period of two weeks, there is nothing to worry about. The St. Peters Boys Mumias issue —where a student returned a positive COVID-19 test — has been resolved," he added.
The resumption of studies for the three classes: Grade 4, Standard Eight and Form Four was done to allow the ministry make an informed decision on how learning in other classes would be rolled out.
Star of The Sea Girls High School, Mama Ngina High School and Tononoka Secondary School in Mombasa County were closed for a fortnight after students and teachers tested positive for the deadly virus. The reports came in just two weeks of reopening, raising concerns and speculations that the government would close down the schools for a second time to curb the spread of the disease.