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Government starts distribution of desks in Elgeyo Marakwet County

Iten Primary School yesterday received 70 desks as the government embarked on the distribution of 1,050 desks to primary schools in Elgeyo Marakwet county in its efforts to enhance social distancing in schools.
Keiyo North Deputy County Commissioner Mr. Julius Maiyo said initially there were challenges as suppliers lacked the capacity to supply the desks but said the issue had been resolved.
He expressed optimism that the second batch of 900 desks for secondary schools will be completed and delivered to schools on time adding that they were doing all they can to ensure that more measures against the spread of Covid 19 are put in place before full resumption of schools in January next year.

Keiyo North deputy county commissioner Julius Maiyo samples one of the 1050 desks destined for primary schools in Elgeyo Marakwet county.

The administrator said so far the sub county was faring well with the partial opening of schools but they were concerned with how the situation will be once all students are back in schools.
He therefore said that the county had started putting in place strategies to address the situation which included approaching other development partners like the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NGCDF) to assist in other measures such as provision of masks and hand washing facilities.
The DCC said the department of interior and that of health have been visiting schools and sensitising students and teachers on the various measures put in place by the government to check the spread of the deadly virus.
Maiyo added that the county Covid 19 emergency team had established a special unit comprising of officers from various departments to enforce the adherence of Covid control measures by members of the public.
He however said that no case of corona had been reported in schools in the Keiyo North Sub County.
By Alice Wanjiru


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