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Kenya: Education CS Magoha releases new health protocols for reopening of schools

Devdiscourse News Desk | Nairobi | Updated: 17-09-2020 10:40 IST | Created: 17-09-2020 10:40 IST
Kenya: Education CS Magoha releases new health protocols for reopening of schools
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Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha on September 16 has released health protocols for the reopening of primary and secondary schools, according to a news report by Kenyans.co.ke.

The guidelines outline measures basic educational institutions should enforce before they are allowed to open which will also ensure learning continues despite the COVID-19 break.

Education institutions will be required to develop policies and procedures suitable in their own environment to enable smooth reopening.

Schools will also be required to adopt a timetable and ensure that the syllabus is covered without straining learners following a six-month break.

"All learning institutions should have adequate, clean, and well-maintained toilets at a ratio of 1 door to 25 girls and 1 door to 30 boys with a urinal. Toilets should be disinfected three times a day.

"All food handlers shall undergo asymptomatic screening for Covid-19 on a daily basis; those with symptoms of COVID-19 should be allowed to seek medical attention," read part of the document.

Schools should provide a budget to institute a safe and protective learning environment and build the capacity of institutional staff, learners, and parents on the management of COVID-19.

They are also required to develop awareness messages and enlighten learners and build the capacity of learners, teachers on Covid-19 prevention.

Ensure revision of the institution's rules, regulations, and daily routine and observe a social distance of at least 1.5 meters.


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