13 Headteachers Die of Covid-19 After Schools Reopen

  • Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association Chairman Indimuli Kahi (centre) and other headteachers leave Wild Waters resort on June 18, 2017
    Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association Chairman Indimuli Kahi (centre) and other headteachers leave Wild Waters resort on June 18, 2017
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  • The Kenya Secondary School Heads Association has sounded an alarm over the death of 13 headteachers and principals since the phased reopening of schools commenced. 

    The announcement made on Tuesday, November 17, comes even as the Ministry of Education insists that schools would remain open. 

    Isaac Masenge, an official with the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has raised concerns about teachers’ exposure to the virus. 

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta with students in 2015
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    Some critics and parents alike have also been calling for renewed school closure to shield both the teachers and students.

    Teachers Service Commission (TSC)'s Head of Corporate Communication Beatrice Wababu told Kenyans.co.ke that the commission was also concerned about the increased cases and deaths. 

    “We are concerned about the statistics in our schools and country but we have to abide by the directives from President Uhuru Kenyatta to keep the school open. 

    “We are doing everything possible and in our power to educate the teachers about how to handle themselves. We have also instructed teachers above the age of 58 or having underlying conditions to work from home,” she stated. 

    KUPPET Secretary-General Akello Misori stated that there was a lot of pressure to reopen schools.

    In his view, schools were supposed to be safe havens and easier to control the environment than home.

    “We need to prioritize children's emotional and academic growth. The best practices for containing this disease will be learned at school. This virus is here to stay and we must learn how to survive it since it's within the community,” he advised. 

    Deputy President William Ruto commended TSC for including Covid-19 insurance cover for its members. 

    He urged NHIF to extend a similar cover to its members, especially students who are set to resume school in January.

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    Students from Oyugi Ogango Girls' Secondary School in Rongo, Migori county breakdown in assembly mourning their principal's death.
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