Schools Reopen In Kenya After Nine-month Shutdown

Millions of pupils and students in Kenya have resumed schooling today after staying at home for over nine months. Schools in the country had been shut down early 2020 due to the prevalence of the Coronavirus.

Final year students had however resumed in-person learning in October but took a short break during the festive season.

Prior to today’s schools reopening, the country’s ministry of education had issued guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus. These include urging teachers to utilise every available space, including learning under trees, to ensure social distancing.

Also, parents have been asked to buy face masks for their children. The government has equally promised to distribute some facemasks to needy students.

Teachers aged over 58 years have been asked to work remotely or teach in open spaces so as to avoid any close contact with the students.

On Sunday January 3, President Uhuru Kenyatta extended a night curfew that had been placed on the citizens for three more months.

According to Kenya’s health ministry, the country has recorded 96,802 cases of the virus with 1,685 deaths.

By Sandrine M.

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