Primary and secondary schools in Bureti sub-county will receive 1,050 desks and 1,150 lockers and chairs under the economic stimulus program that seeks to achieve social distancing in schools during the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the area Deputy County Commissioner Mrs. Alfet Jillo, 15 primary and 23 secondary schools in the area will benefit from the national government initiative ahead of full reopening in January 2021.
Nationally 5, 254 secondary schools and 5, 136 primary schools will benefit from the desks where the national government has set aside Sh1.9 billion to supply schools with furniture to enable social distancing by learners in the face of Covid-19.
Speaking on Wednesday at Chelilis Girls Secondary School grounds during the presentation of 50 lockers and 50 chairs to the Form Four students, Mrs. Jillo said the new furniture would address the social distancing headache in the learning institutions in the sub-county in the wake of the corona virus pandemic.
Present during the visit was the area sub-county Director of Education Joseph Olepirdai who said the selected primary schools would benefit from 70 desks while each secondary school would get 50 lockers and chairs.
He advised the students and the school staff to comply with the Ministry of Health (MOH) guidelines to minimize the spread of corona virus.
Chelilis Girls Secondary School Principal Ms. Mary Pkemoi urged the students to reciprocate the noble gesture from the Ministry of Education by working hard in their studies now that they were back to school following their long duration away from learning.
The school, located along the Kericho-Litein highway, has a student population of 615 students.
The government closed schools in March as part of control and prevention measures against corona virus spread in the education sector.
By Sarah Njagi