Coronavirus Test: All teachers in Kenya look set to undergo mandatory coronavirus tests ahead of the reopening of schools. This has been declared by the Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha.
“We are considering whether all teachers, who will resume work in September, will undergo mandatory Covid-19 tests,” said Magoha.
This declaration came as questions emerged on whether learners will also be tested before classes resume. According to a report that appeared in a local daily, concerns have also emerged on whether the government has capacity for the mass testing of teachers.
“In an advisory report last month, doctors also urged the government to carefully plan the transport system to stem transmissions from school to homes. Experts also advised the State to provide face masks to learners and ensure proper use and regular changing of the protective gear,” said the report.
Prof. Magoha however said that plans for the reopening of schools are in top gear, with 24 million pieces set to be delivered to schools in August ahead of the September reopening.
“Once we agree on the prototype, then we will get the pricing so that when schools open in September, face masks will be in the institutions by mid-August as per the presidential directive,” Prof. Magoha said.
Currently, the ministry of education has engaged five face mask manufactures, including the National Youth Service (NYS) to produce masks for learners.
Magoha further said that schools will receive masks and sanitation facilities by mid-August in readiness for reopening. The masks will be given to public schools only while learners in private schools will have to get masks at their own costs.
“We will soon reach a consensus on whether the pupils in primary one and primary two will wear masks,” he said. Coronavirus Test.