As re-opening of schools kick off country wide having remained shut from first academic term of year 2020 from surging Covid-19 cases in the country, schools are facing hard moments in ensuring social distancing amongst learners due to shortage of facilities.
According to Tharaka Nithi county commissioner Beverly Opwora, school administrations will have to make local arrangement to ensure the social distancing directive amongst learners is achieved.
She says the challenge is rampant in schools with boarding option as boarders will not be allowed to use the accommodations available in the same manner they have been doing it before and therefore they are recommending learners who comes from near the schools to attend schools from home to ease the congestion.
“We have visited several schools among them being Rwatha, Mukothima primary both in Tharaka South Sub County, Marimanti and Rwakinanga primary in Tharaka North Sub County. In Rwatha primary which has a boarding option, we have recommended that pupils who comes from nearby to attend school from home so that they achieve social distancing in their accommodation facilities,’’ Opwora said.
Further, Opwora revealed that the county has so far received 5,120 desks from the government urging those contracted with the task to make haste and deliver the remaining 980 desks to so that learners do not squeeze on the available desks.
Following the directive from the education C.S George Magoha that teachers use tree shades as classes as a way of attaining social distance, Opwora said the directive has been absorbed in most schools and learning is running uninterrupted.
“I am pleased to see that learning has resumed and our PP1 and PP2 pupils are learning under available trees as the C.S for education had earlier directed toward achieving the social distance protocol,’’ she expressed.
News Flash 254 made a spot check in Kamatungu boarding primary school in Marimanti ward and story was neither different. According to the deputy head teacher Mr. Simon Mucee about 60 percent of pupils had reported back but maintaining social distance is a challenge to the school.
“We are happy that 60 percent of our learners have reported back and teachers are available but achieving all the Covid-19 protocols may be a challenge due to shortage of resources including desks and beds that we have,’’ he said.
He said they have received 70 desks from the government which is not enough for their pupils to meet the vital guideline. Also, the head teacher said they have a shortage of beds for their boarding students which may not guarantee social distancing in their dormitories.
Learning institutions are re-opening this week after remaining shut for more than 9 months after Corona cases in the country mushroomed risking the lives of learners forcing their shut down.
As more institutions report back, eyes are on the government as to whether all the provided Covid-19 protocols will be met to safe guard the health of learners considering that the curve is yet to flatten.