The uncertainty at the Ministry of Education on schools reopening is now turning into confusion if directives by the man at the helm, Professor George Albert Omore Magoha, are anything to go by.
However, giving credit where credit is due, Magoha’s latest order of progressive reopening by first having final year students in all universities and tertiary institutions to report back to class on Monday, October 5 is commendable.
The problem is that the conflicting statements on school reopening that Magoha has made in the last six months have made many wonder whether the ministry is capable of managing the daunting task of restoring the paralyzed education sector.
The CS has, without a doubt, been responsible for raising anxiety levels in parents and learners owing to a poor communication strategy, but nothing has elicited more disgruntlement than the fate of national examinations and failure by the ministry to fix a firm date when learning can resume proper.
Initially, the CS said it wasn’t his place to tell when learning would resume, then he said as far as he was concerned, learning was going on online. However, in June, the no-nonsense Magoha announced that institutions could reopen in January 2021 before announcing that following a drop in Covid-19 cases, schools were likely to reopen in October. Of course, this is unlikely to happen now.
We can only hope that this latest directive is an indication that the ministry is finally sticking to its word to avoid anger amongst among parents and learners.
After all, Magoha told us he will never be confused because his life is led by Jesus Christ.
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Government Freezes Public Service Hiring for Three Years
Kenya’s cash and jobs crisis has taken a turn for the worse following a government directive to freeze the hiring of new civil servants for three years.
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Quit Now, Uhuru-Raila Allies Tell Ruto for ‘Absconding Duty’
Pressure is mounting on Deputy President William Ruto to resign for allegedly absconding duty, with critics saying his prolonged stay will undermine the authority of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
On Monday, Ruto snubbed the Covid-19 conference at KICC. The function was attended by national leaders including the President and ODM chief Raila Odinga.
On Tuesday, Jubilee Vice-Chairman David Murathe said that Deputy President William Ruto currently has no job, adding that his roles have since been taken over by Interior CS Fred Matiang’i. Do you think it is now time for the DP to leave the government and stop using state resources if he is not serving Kenyans as mandated?