Govt Bans Activities in Schools as New Cases Rise

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    Pupils attend a parade at a primary school in Kenya
  • Students set to reopen schools on Monday, January 4, should prepare for a second term with less extra-curricular activity.

    A statement issued by the National Emergency Response Committee on Sunday, January 3, indicated that schools will not be able to host interschool activities for a period of 90 days.

    The activities include drama and music festivals as well as sports and prize giving days.

    "All extra-curricular activities such as sports, drama, music and prize giving days, involving more than one school remain prohibited for the next 90 days; and all exchange visits between schools shall remain prohibited for the same period," read the statement in part.

    Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha in Kisumu on December 28, 2020.
    Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha in Kisumu on December 28, 2020.

    The proposals also prohibited all non-essential visits including visiting days by parents except for special cases in which records should be kept.

    "All non-essential visits to schools by parents and guardians are prohibited and should only be allowed in exceptional circumstances – in fidelity with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Education; with all visitors to schools being registered in the school records and being subject to all infection prevention protocols," added the statement.

    The statement from the president's office comes as one-day Covid-19 positive cases increased from 64 on Saturday to 124 on Sunday, with the positivity rate increasing from 3.4 percent to 4.34 percent.

    The cases emerged from 2,855 tests increasing the tests conducted so far to 1,055,691.

    However, the country did not register any Covid-19 related death in the last 24 hours, with total deaths still at 1,685.

    216 recoveries were reported, 178 from home-based care and 38 from hospitals. The country's total now stands at 79,073.

    The team also announced that overnight vigils were prohibited with county governments expected to enhance investment in piped and portable oxygen capacity in all isolation and critical care treatment facilities for the management of severe Covid-19 cases

    "Teachers and other staff who are aged 58 years or above, or who have pre-existing conditions, shall deliver on their duties through remote means or by holding their classes/lessons in open spaces with natural flow of air.

    "All schools shall ensure that they have adequate handwashing stations corresponding to their student population, in line with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health," continued the statement.

    All matatu passengers will also be expected to wear facemasks and keep social distance while on transit.