By Bell Pere
Following Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha announcement that schools will be reopened on the 4th January 2021 after nearly a year of closure due to the corona-virus pandemic, Narok County Governor Samuel Tunai has formed an Education Steering Committee that will ensure schools reopen smoothly.
According to Tunai a research conducted by Narok Director of Education 95% of public schools in Narok will be incapable of reopening for failing to adhere to the ministry of health guidelines.
Speaking during education stakeholders meeting held at Maasai Mara University Tunai said that Narok public schools must be reopened and therefore the need to form committees that will put in place measures that will see to it the ministry of health guidelines will be followed.
“If we take an example of a school like Illmashiriani, it has a number of 1000 students with only sixteen classes, meaning a class will have over sixty students that will make it impossible, to keep social distance,” he said.
He said that the committee will ensure that schools have adequate water tanks for maintaining hygiene, enough spaces for classrooms, adequate masks for students and more infrastructures such as labs and dormitories for boarding schools.
The committees will be chaired by the Governor and co- chaired by the county commissioner and from the sub county level a technical committee will be headed by the director of education.
Present during the meeting was Narok County Commissioner Evans Achoki asked parents to ensure that their children go back to school come January.
He said that he noticed that there has been a rise in cases of early marriage, female genital mutilation cases and early pregnancies for girls including circumcision ceremonies that have been ongoing during this season.
“All this are causes for our students not to attend school come January,” he said.
Mr. Achoki said that his office will ensure those involved in the vices such as FGM and marrying off school girls will be apprehended.