Schools in Kenya Remain Closed Indefinitely, Until Safety is Guaranteed

Schools in Kenya Remain Closed Indefinitely, Until Safety is Guaranteed

President Uhuru Kenyatta at St Mary's Nairobi during the school's 80th Anniversary

All schools in Kenya will continue to remain closed indefinitely in view of the COVID-19 pandemic until education stakeholders have agreed on necessary modalities.

On Monday,  President Uhuru Kenyatta during his 12th presidential address on the COVID-19 pandemic announced that the school’s resumption will be effected once the safety of all children is guaranteed.

“The lives and health of our children is not a matter of debate. Learning institutions should be reopened only when we can sufficiently guarantee the safety of our children.”

“In that regard, I, therefore, direct and order the Cabinet Secretary for Education to issue the Calendar for the resumption of the 2020 Academic calendar, strictly bearing the foregoing in mind,” he said adding that the health and wellbeing of learners remains a priority.

“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. Let us think first about their health and wellbeing and once we have established how then together we will agree when” he advised.