The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has urged the government to put in place adequate measures to curb the spread of covid-19 in schools ahead of the second phase of reopening of learning institutions.
The Union’s first national vice-chairperson Collins Oyuu told the ministries of Health and Education top officials to ensure they guarantee the health of teachers and learners before classes resume.
“We want the government to ensure that the learners and teachers are safe. We should not just reopen schools without considering safety measures for learners and teachers,” insisted the unionist.
Speaking in Homa-Bay town Monday, during an education stakeholders meeting, Oyuu said the government must also commit to protecting the lives of teachers with underlying health conditions and the elderly.
“The teachers who are at risk must be assured of their safety before all pupils report back to school,” said Oyuu. However, the KNUT official urged parents not to panic over the surge of the virus in the country.
The concerns came at a time when the Ministry of Education is preparing to reopen schools for the remaining pupils and students.
By Davis Langat