Over 2000 schools may not resume on Monday, CS Machogu says

CS for Education Ezekiel Machogu in one of the classrooms at Mathare North Primary School yesterday, May 9.

Second term resumes next Monday for all primary and secondary schools, although 2,155 schools may not reopen despite President William Ruto directive.

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu on Thursday, May 9, said that atleast five per cent of institutions may not open due to badly damaged infrastructure a result of floods.

The affected schools are spread across seven counties, including Homa Bay, Tana River and Kisumu.

Machogu said that these were hit hard by floods and also continue to experience flood-related challenges and will require more days for repairs before learning resumes.
As well, Machogu said that for the affected schools, various interventions will be applied to ensure students don’t lose out.

Machogu made the remarks when inspecting schools in Nairobi. He toured Karen C Girls Secondary and Mathare North Primary School in Nairobi, where he witnessed the damage waters had flooded classrooms, and playgrounds.

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“We are trying to look at other mechanisms on how learning can take place in the few schools, which are less than five per cent and could be even less than two per cent of schools,” CS said.

“Particularly for Form 4 candidates, we will see how we can recover the time lost by extending [the second term] by a few days. They were expected to close for three weeks in August and we might minimise the number of days the schools will be closed.”

CS added that they are still receiving the names of the affected schools will issue a comprehensive list later.

Elsewhere in Bungoma, Raymond Omollo, PS for Interior said some 2,000 schools across 21 counties are still affected by the floods.

He said, “Nearly 2,000 schools have been severely affected. We have established adequate mechanisms to enable our students to continue their education smoothly.”

By our reporter

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