All learning institutions used as Covid-19 isolation centres should be vacated and disinfected before teachers report on Monday. In a letter to the Ministry of Health, Basic Education PS Belio Kipsang wants the cleaning done in time to allow teachers to prepare for the reopening of schools.
“Aware that public schools were used both as quarantine and isolation facilities, we are requesting that these schools are vacated and fumigated by September 28 to enable the school heads to prepare for eventual reopening,” Kipsang said in a September 21 letter to Health PS Susan Mochache. This came as the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) instructed teachers to prepare schemes of work, lesson plans and class timetables as soon as they report.
Meanwhile, the Kenya Private Schools Association said teachers who will not report on Monday will be deemed to have quit their jobs. “We have hit the ground running and we shall only work with teachers who will have reported. Those who fail will be replaced. Preparation for opening is elaborate and requires everyone on board,” said association chairperson Mutheu Kasanga. Covid-19 response committees will be formed in each school during the first week after reopening.
Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary General Wilson Sossion pleaded with teachers to do everything possible to help the children settle back in school.