The government through the Ministry of Education has released new guidelines to be observed in schools ahead of imminent reopening following the outbreak of COVID-19. Education CS George Magoha unveiled the new rules on Wednesday, September 16, while speaking to members of the press. Schools reopening: Gov’t bans games, assemblies and varies breaktime in new regulations Education CS George Magoha speaking in Kapsisisywa, Nandi county on Wednesday, September 16.
Here are some of the proposed new school rules
1. Eating in shifts This would be considered in institutions where the student population is high to avoid crowding in the dining hall
2. Lunch to be served in class
3. Food handlers to wear personal protective equipment (PPEs) This would include wearing of gloves, aprons and face masks to promote best hygiene practices.
4. No sharing of food and utensils
5. Staggered break times to limit number using toilets Schools reopening: Gov’t bans games, assemblies and varies breaktime in new regulations The gov’t has invited bids for making of more desks in schools.
6. Toilets should be disinfected at least three times in a day This would be done by responsible adults.
7. Cleaners to be equipped with PPEs
8. Much learning to take place outside the classrooms with desks arranged in rows facing forward
9.Desks to be disinfected daily
10. No sharing of personal items such as slippers, shoes, clothing and towels
11. Use of double decker beds must meet social distancing guidelines of at least one meter apart
12. Co-curricular activities would be affected with no games, drama or assemblies allowed in schools
13. No hugging or high five in games and sharing of water bottles is prohibited
Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) boss Wilson Sossion had earlier asked all Kenyans to prepare for resumption of learning after a long break that came following the outbreak of the pandemic in March.
Speaking to Journalists on Monday, September 14, evening, Sossion said Education CS George Magoha would make a major announcement on the exact date of reopening. “The framework of reopening of schools, the details and everything else will be shall be pronounced by the minister (Magoha). It will answer many questions and this is a disease that I believe the Ministry of Health will continue monitoring the trends even in schools and the health status of learners,” he said