Machogu Directs Schools to Retain Students Already There Amidst Floods and Reopening Confusion

On Monday, Ezekiel Machogu, the Education Cabinet Secretary, issued a directive to schools to keep students who arrived at school during the school resumption confused.

Students who reported to school on Sunday, April 28, have already been there for five days and will remain there at least until the end of next week while the government works to ensure the safe reopening of schools.

This development followed a confusion when President William Ruto ordered the indefinite suspension of school resumption on Friday, May 3. Many parents expressed concerns about the possibility of school learners returning home.

Machogu’s directives came when a group of students arrived at school on Monday, despite the confusion generated by the last-minute announcement of the school’s delayed start. 

Due to the country’s continued severe rains, the government first pushed back school opening dates by a week, with Machogu issuing a statement around 1 a.m. on April 29. 

In a Friday circular, CS Machogu stated, “In the case of learners who have already reported to the school, the school management shall retain them in school and ensure their safety and security, except only where the conditions allow for the safe return to their homes.”

President Ruto, in a national speech on Friday afternoon, highlighted the severity of the weather, indicating that Kenya could face its first cyclone, Cyclone Hidaya, in the coming days, causing schools to close until further notice. 

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Machogu directed all school board management across the country to have urgent meetings and submit complete reports on the current state of their respective institutions. 

These reports must contain all necessary details, such as any weather-related damage to school infrastructure and any planned mitigation measures.

May 8, 2024, is the deadline for submitting these reports.

Furthermore, the Cabinet Secretary has directed county education boards to hold urgent meetings to review the overall situation in their various regions. They will be able to create detailed reports from these assessments, which they must deliver to the Cabinet Secretary by May 10, 2024.

Regional Directors of Education are responsible for delivering monthly updates on the status of learning institutions within their territories. These revisions will be eased by the given templates, guaranteeing uniformity and accuracy in reporting across many regions. 

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Furthermore, field education officials working in locations where schools house displaced people have been directed to work closely with local National Government Administration officials. 

Their primary goal is to locate alternate accommodation possibilities for affected individuals, ensuring that school facilities are available for regular learning activities. 

Machogu Directs Schools to Retain Students Already There Amidst Floods and Reopening Confusion

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