Teachers reported to school yesterday for the preparation of learning across the country. President Uhuru Kenyatta has indicated that schools will only reopen when safety measures are met.
In Moi Avenue Primary School in Kenya's capital Nairobi, teachers reported very early in the morning and held a meeting with their school head.
In most schools, all Teachers employed by TSC have already reported. Jamhuri High School in Ngara and other schools visited by Teachers Updates revealed the same situation that teachers were ready for resumption.
But teachers will have to remain in schools until health protocol measures are met to guarantee learners safety. Financial difficulties seem to be the major hindrance for quicker preparations.
President Uhuru while addressing the Nation on 28th of September at KICC, noted that the health of our children will not be negotiated insisting that safety measures be put in place first before learning resumes.
Whether the government is considering a phased reopening where form three, four and standard seven and eight will be allowed to report first as recommended by the Taskforce, depends on the Education CS Magoha who has been tasked to come up with a reopening strategy.
Professor Magoha was ordered back to the drawing board as it happened that President Uhuru Kenyatta was not persuaded by the reopening details. The head of state asked the nation to focus on how schools will reopen instead of when.
In most schools dusting and cleaning has been going on as teachers volunteer to make it possible for early reopening. Some schools had been converted into cowsheds, grazing fields by locals with chicken and livestock occupying learners' space in classrooms.
As it seems another stakeholder meeting has to take place for the formulation of the academic calendar as directed by President Kenyatta and to review the reopening measures but for teachers.