Magoha Issues Warning Over Meetings Being Held in Schools

  • Education CS George Magoha on Saturday, June 5, issued a warning to individuals and groups of people who are holding meetings in schools.

    In a statement, Magoha warned that holding of meetings in schools exposed learners to the dangers of Covid-19. He added that most of the attendees did not comply to the Ministry of Health guidelines.

    “It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Education that various groups are targeting schools as venues for holding unauthorised meetings.

    Education CS George Magoha addresses the Maseno Graduation class of 2020 on April 30, 2021

    “The ministry is, therefore, notifying all Kenyans that school compounds and facilities are out of bounds and cannot be used to host unauthorised meetings. Let us all allow our learners to progress with their normal activities without exposing them to the dangers of Covid-19,” he stated.

    In conclusion, the CS warned that firm action would be taken against individuals or groups found flouting the ban.

    The schools re-opened in January after a seven month break. During this time, the Ministry banned journalists, parents and any visitors in the schools.

    Magoha stated that journalists would only be allowed in schools with permission from the Ministry of Education unlike before where they sought the authority of school heads. 

    The CS also banned students from going to schools with sanitisers in large quantities. He argued that some may use them for unintended purposes.

    “This situation where some teachers are asking children to buy sanitisers in large quantities and take to schools shall not be allowed.

    “Out of the 16 million children we have, maybe 50 of them are erratic in thinking. You do not want to give them a situation in which you bring so much liquid sanitisers to the school which they will use for other things,” stated Magoha.

    He also noted that no student will be admitted to school without a face mask.

    Currently, students are on a mid-term break and are expected back on Monday, June 7.

    Students during a lesson in class wearing masks
    Students during a lesson in class wearing masks

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