Government now mulls re-opening learning institutions

President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed education stakeholders to hasten consultations on resumption of learning after a temporary closure due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.

In a televised speech during celebrations to mark 57 years since attained self-rule (Madaraka Day), Kenyatta told education stakeholders to provide an appropriate calendar for gradual resumption of education in the country.

He said that the guidelines should also include protocols to be followed by all learning institutions to guarantee the safety of the children.

“I appreciate the anxiety weighing heavy on the minds of parents and children — particularly those preparing for the national examinations,” Kenyatta said.

He also directed the relevant ministries to hasten their engagement with religious leaders; with the objective of developing protocols that will be adopted to guide a more participatory way of worship while guaranteeing the safety of worshipers.

The president said the containment measures and protocols issued by the government to help contain the spread of COVID-19 have constrained people’s way of life.

Kenyatta urged Kenyans to participate in ensuring that the disease is contained to regain the ground that has been lost.

“I want us to re-imagine Kenyan. More so, because, COVID-19 has forced us into a situation where we have to re-set our national systems,” he added.

To cushion all Kenyan households against the economic shocks triggered by the coronavirus disease pandemic, the government will continue to progressively roll-out targeted measures to sustain livelihoods.

-Source XINHUA