Public Functions Banned in Schools

  • Central Regional Commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga speaking at a past event.
    Central Regional Commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga speaking at a past event.
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  • Central Regional Commissioner, Wilfred Nyagwanga, on Tuesday, August 31, banned all public functions in learning institutions in his region.

    Briefing the media in his office, the Regional Commissioner, warned that learning institutions were out of bounds to visitors, including parents.

    Nywaganga also prohibited learning institutions from playing host to vaccination or medical camps initiatives, whether sponsored by the government or individuals.

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    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe address the press in May 2021
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    The Regional Commissioner warned learning institutions' heads that anyone found contravening the advisory, which is geared towards enforcing the Ministry of Health's protocol to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, will face the consequences.

    In particular, Nyagwanga called out the head of Gathaaini Primary School in Murang’a County for allowing a medical camp at the school, accusing the school head of putting the lives of the learners in danger.

    Nyagwanga also directed national government administration officials to take stringent measures in the enforcement of Covid-19 containment measures as outlined by the Ministry of Health.

    The Regional boss, while expressing confidence that all the counties in the central region will achieve the 100% transition target by the end of the week, directed officials to embark on a door-to-door campaign to mop up pupils yet to report to secondary schools. 

    “The government is committed to ensuring the attainment of 100 percent transition rate and that no child misses out in joining form one due to lack of school fees," noted Nyagwanga. 

    "I am, therefore, directing County Directors of Education and County Commissioners across the region to ensure that those who qualified report to schools.”

    He called on churches to observe the 1/3 attendance rule which was put up to curb the spread of the virus while allowing ecclesiastical events to take place.

    The High Court, on Wednesday, August 18, however, declared the order on restriction and prohibition of public gatherings by the National Security Advisory Committee's (NSAC), as illegal and against the constitution.

    The ruling was made in a case where the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) filed a petition seeking to have the NSAC orders nullified. 

    The High Court agreed with the LSK and found that the NSAC and the Cabinet had breached the constitution by limiting the right to the assembly under the guise of fighting the pandemic.

    The enforcement of the High Court ruling is, however, yet to be enforced.

    High School students at an assembly in Kenya
    High School students at an assembly in Kenya.
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