Learning in schools across the country kicked off to a slow start today after seven-month-break occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic that forced closure in March.
A spot check done by Lolwe TV in Migori County ascertained that whereas teachers reported to work, few children and subordinate staff turned up possibly unsure if classes would resume.
At Momokoro Academy in Migori County, a leading primary school in Nyanza during 2019 KCPE, Head teacher Peter Rioba said that less than half of pupils of both Grade 4 and Class 8 reported to school.
Momokoro Academy reopened under tough measures which included social distancing in class, wearing face masks and having water at designated points for washing hands.He said as schools resume, a lot needs to happen so that learners can learn and thrive without raising the risk of spreading COVID-19.
The school’s director Mr. Tobias Rangi Werema said the goal of having children attend school in person which is how they learn best will only be safe when a community has the spread of the virus under control. He insisted that a layered approach is needed to keep students, teachers and staff safe.
The director said he has not paid subordinate staff since March hence unsure if his staffs will report back to school. He however worried over the ongoing FGM practices in Kuria community making it hard for girls to report to school or carry out their activities.
Education Ministry allowed learners in Grade 4, Standard 8 and Form 4 to start reporting to school for physical learning, as parents await to known when other classes will resume.
During the long COVID-19 break, the rate of early pregnancies among learners who were at home was identified as a major concern across the country.
The schools were reopened to enable preparations for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations which will commence on March 22, 2021 and end on March 24, 2021, while KCSE exams will start on March 25, 2021 and end on April 16, 2021.
By Basil Okoth.