Flood-Affected Schools to Receive Textbooks, Exercise books — PS Belio Kipsang

Dr. Belio Kipsang, Education Principal Secretary for Basic Education, has urged school management and parents to work together to ensure students’ safety ahead of the school’s reopening on Monday, May 13.

This is due to the increased risk of waterborne infections during flooding, which has affected the majority of schools across the country.

Dr. Belio emphasized the importance of collaboration with local authorities, community leaders, and relevant stakeholders for effective disaster preparedness and response.

In a circular to all regional, county, and sub-county directors of education, he stated that schools should engage with parents, guardians, and learners to keep them updated on any emerging issues.

To prepare for the arrival of learners, establish safety protocols, and plan to assist affected learners, we ask the heads of institutions to arrange staff meetings. Any findings should be reported to the Sub-County Director of Education (SCDE) for further guidance and support, if necessary. 

As a result, school heads are required to remove barriers such as uniforms and school fees, particularly for those affected by the floods. 

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In addition to developing lesson recovery strategies to compensate for missed time due to flooding delays, ensure that the curriculum is effectively covered throughout the academic year.

 In the case of absenteeism, school principals are asked to deploy monitoring systems to track student and staff absences, compare them to usual absenteeism patterns at the schools, and notify local administration authorities and the SCDE of significant increases in student and staff absenteeism rates. 

 According to Dr. Belio, the rules aim to safeguard the safety and well-being of students and staff, facilitating a smooth reopening of schools for the second term after the disruptions caused by severe rains and flooding.

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 He asked the regional, county, and sub-county education directors to ensure that all directives were delivered to all basic education institutions within their jurisdiction. 

 The PS further instructed the school heads to ensure that all learners and staff are engaged in the exercise on Friday next week, May 17, 2024, which is identified as the tree planting day for all schools in Kenya.

Flood-Affected Schools to Receive Textbooks, Exercise books — PS Belio Kipsang

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