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Government Has Banned These Activities In Schools

The Government of Kenya has banned a number of activities in schools between now (January) and March 2021. This is with the intention of curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus among learners as schools have reopened fully for the first time since March 2020.

The first of them is all the non-essential visits to the school by parents and guardians. President Uhuru instructs that parents and guardians should not only be allowed in circumstances that are exceptional, infidelity with the guidelines given by the Ministry of Education.

All visitors to schools are registered in the school records and being subject to all protocols of infection prevention.

Among the banned are extra-curricular activities like sports, drama, music, and prize-giving days that involve more than one school. These activities are suspended for the next 90 days. All exchange visits between schools are also not allowed for the same period. This means co-curricular activities in schools can only be held in the third term of 2020 (being scheduled for May 2021) at the earliest.

It appears to be almost impossible to hold these activities with the third term of 2020 beginning on May 5, 2021, and last till July 16, 2021 (a period of seven weeks only).

Elderly teachers (the aged) or those with pre-existing conditions have been cushioned as His Excellency President Uhuru has ordered that Teachers and other staff who are of age 58 years and above or those having pre-existing conditions shall work via remote means or by holding classes/lessons in open spaces where there is a natural flow of air. The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) had earlier instructed teachers to work from home.

All schools shall ensure that they have enough hand-washing stations that correspond to the student population, in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education. Schools that will experience water problems must ensure that there are enough hand sanitizers for both students and teachers.

Masks will be a must in schools with the Head of State instructing teachers and Students to wear appropriate face-masks when on the school premises or within school transport. Besides, applying hand-hygiene and physical spacing is also strictly directed.

Half-term will not be there in the second term that will last the duration of January to March 2021 as teachers race against limited time to recover the lost time caused by the enforced closure of schools to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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