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Kenyans in limbo over school reopening date as President Uhuru insists on “safety of children” first

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With the recent developments in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the country and the curve seen to be flattening Kenyans were cocksure that in his next address, President Uhuru Kenyatta will be releasing the actual dates when in-person in schools learning would resume.

Instead, President Uhuru left Kenyans in limbo when he insisted that schools should be reopened only when the safety of children can be “sufficiently guaranteed”.

“The lives and health of our children is not a matter of debate. And here I really would plead with Kenyans – let us not focus ourselves on when schools will reopen but how shall these schools open in a manner that protects our children and protects their lives and their health,” said Uhuru during the National COVID-19 Conference that held on Monday, September 28 at the KICC.

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President Uhuru added: “Let us think first about their health and wellbeing and once we have established how then together we will agree when.”

According to President Uhuru, resumption of face-to-face learning must be predicted on strict adherence to the COVID-19 containment protocols as issued by the Ministry of Health.

Consequently, President Uhuru has directed Education CS George Magoha to issue the calendar for the resumption of the 2020 Academic year, strictly bearing the aforementioned.

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