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Concerns over missing learners' as schools reopen

KNA       Senior government officials have expressed concern over missing
learners in Kisii county schools one week after schools reopened in
the country.

The officials including Permanent Secretaries Prof. Collette Suda (Gender),
Susan Mochache (Health) and Dr. Desai Kevit (East African Community)
noted that various stakeholders had moved to trace the missing learners to bring
them back to school.

The government officials spoke yesterday during a ‘back to
school’ tour to assess the situation in public primary and secondary
schools where they got firsthand information on how the learners,
teachers and education field officers were coping during the covid-19
pandemic.

Speaking at Tendere Primary School in Gucha Sub county   , Prof. Suda
applauded the schools in the area for implementing the Ministry of
Health Guidelines for containing spread of corona virus including water
points for hand washing, soap and sanitizers.

Prof. Suda however cited lack of space for proper social distancing
saying the challenge was due to population pressure and lack of
adequate infrastructure which was common in various institutions, but
assured the government was putting up additional classes and
dormitories to alleviate the problem.

Prof. Suda applauded the head teachers and school principals for being
innovative by transforming dining halls among other buildings into
classrooms and dormitories to create more room for social distancing.

She noted that government administration officers led by the Deputy
County Commissioners and Assistant County Commissioners were helping
to find the missing students including those pregnant to bring them
back to school.

Speaking later at Set Green Hill Academy in the outskirts of Kisii
town, PS Mochache said private schools were more advantaged than
public because their population was much less, enabling ample space
for social distancing, but lamented over those that permanently closed
due to the impact of the global pandemic.

Mochache said no school in the county was adversely affected by
Coronavirus infection and that the majority of schools were doing well
in controlling its spread.

The Officials also visited Mobamba Primary School in Masaba South,
Suguta Girls Secondary school in Nyamache and Bishop Mugendi Secondary
school in Sameta Sub counties where they distributed reusable masks,
soap and sanitizers.

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