Schools re-open amid myriad of challenges

Irene Githinji and Yusuf Masibo @PeopleDailyKe

Schools re-open today for second term amid glaring challenges, which could potentially disrupt learning, if not addressed.

The ongoing heavy rains continue to wreak havoc in different parts of the country and the Education ministry has since called for an urgent assessment on the impact floods have had on learning institutions.

Last week, Education Cabinet secretary Amina Mohamed asked regional coordinators and county directors of education to conduct a quick assessment on schools, Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVETs) and public universities in their respective regions and hand back the report.

Particularly, the CS said the officers should advise the ministry on areas where the rains may drastically affect the opening of schools or the learning process in the higher education sector with a view to forestalling any crises.

The assessment, said the CS, has been informed by the ongoing rains, which have drastically affected infrastructure, including access to school environments.

“The Meteorological Department expects the rains to spread to next week when schools open for the second term. I also urge the public to be vigilant and take proper care of children who are also our greatest resource,” said the CS.

And last week, Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion said his organisation opposed to the implementation of the delocalisation of teachers’ policy, declaring it as harmful to both learners and teachers and TSC has never consulted them on the same.

Yesterday, Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Teso branch vowed to paralyse learning if the Teachers Service Commission’s (TSC) does not rescind the decision.

“Beginning today when schools re-open for second term, TSC should expect paralysis of learning until it learns how to consult with stakeholders,’’ executive secretary Deogratius Owaya said.

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