School Games Resume as National Competition Is Set For December
Mombasa County primary school sports have resumed after a nearly two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. ‘
The county gradually increased the number of games, beginning with athletics at the sub-county level and progressing to higher levels.
Kenya Primary Schools Sports Association (KPSSA) Mombasa County chairperson Abdallah said the games began with athletics, which he described as a less contact sport than others.
“After a successful teachers’ clinic where they were equipped with the Covid-19 guidelines, we decided to be back in action with athletics,” said Abdallah, who is also the headteacher at Amani Primary School in Changamwe.
He stated that the teachers and officials in charge of the games, which were held on various grounds, were fully compliant with Ministry of Health guidelines, including vaccination.
Abdallah was speaking during the conclusion of the sub-county championships.
The Mombasa County games will take place on December 11 and 12 at Shimo La Tewa Huston. “The Coast Region will be hosted by Taru Primary School in Kwale County on December 13-14, while Kericho will be the venue for the national games scheduled for December 18-22,” said the chairman.
The Ministry of Education’s Assistant Director Quality Assurance and Standards, Eliud Wambua, previously stated that the ministry had developed guidelines for the resumption of sports in schools.
“We know sports are important for both physical and mental wellness of pupils. We feel confident and now we can move forward with more disciplines,” he said.
Wambua stated that some of the guidelines include keeping training sessions brief, ensuring participants wear clean face masks when not in action, and avoiding unnecessary contacts (handshake, high fives, pecks, fist ups).
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Principal Secretary Julius Jwan of the Department of Early Learning and Basic Education issued a circular on November 15 instructing principals to ensure that there is minimum or no physical contact during the activities.
“Ministry of Education advises principals to engage learners in internal co-curricular activities guided inter-school contest over the weekend and after classes,” Jwan directed.