The government is determined to have all learner across the country back to class despite the threat of COVID-19 pandemic.

Grade four, class 8 and Form Four learners resumed studies in early October to, according to the Ministry of Education, act as a precursor to how schools would operate when other learners resume.

Speaking in Bungoma county over the weekend, University Education PS Simon Nabukwesi said the government was keen on ensuring all learners safely return to school to proceed with their studies.

Nabukwesi noted being in schools was more valuable and worthwhile for learners than having them stay at home.

“The disease is already here with us but learning in schools has to continue since you are better and useful being in school rather than staying at home, that is why we are determined to have all learners back in class,”

said Nabukwesi.

The PS encouraged the group that is already in school to focus on shaping their future, noting the government would ensure their safety and provide other necessities.

“We at the Ministry are concerned about your safety while in school and that is why we are ensuring you have sufficient desks to enable you to observe social distancing to avoiding contracting COVID-19,”

added the educationist.

Pandemic in schools

Despite the government’s determination to keep school doors open for learners, the spread of COVID-19 to some institutions has posed a serious threat to the effort.

Tononoka Secondary School principal dies of COVID-19
So far, a total of 18 learners and 33 tears have contracted the disease since the resumption of studies about a month ago.

On October 27, Tononoka Secondary School principal has succumbed to COVID-19 days after the institution was closed down due to coronavirus infections among staffers.

The institution’s principal and the deputy principal were among those infected by the deadly virus.

At the Star Of The Sea school, which was too closed down, four teachers and several students whose samples were tested returned positive for the viral infection.

On October 14, a female student at Mawego Technical Training Institute in Rachuonyo North sub-county, Homa Bay county tested positive for the disease.

In Bungoma, a Form Four student at Friends School Kamusinga in Bungoma county tested positive for COVID-19 after exhibiting symptoms associated with the virus.

Scare at Friends School Kamusinga after student tests positive for COVID-19
Despite the infections, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has put on a brave face and ruled out closure of schools, exuding confidence the situation would get better.