Former Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Eng. Nicholas Gumbo has differed with the government’s plan to reopen schools in January amidst the rising cases of corona virus in the country.
Gumbo said that it will be a miracle for the government to reopen schools early next year yet the schools are ill prepared to contain the spread of the virus among students.
About a month ago, Education CS prof George Magoha announced that schools across the country will reopen in January 2021 following a spike in corona virus cases in the country.
He observed that most learning institutions across the country have no adequate infrastructure that would aid in adherence to social distancing requirements yet the impending reopening of schools is less than six months away.
“For schools to safely reopen in January the schools need additional classrooms and dormitories due to huge number of students, these may not be achievable within the short term remaining unless the government just want to reopen the schools for mere purpose of reopening.” He stated.
Gumbo who is also the immediate former Kenyatta National Hospital board chair said that unless the spread of corona virus drops or is contained within the next few months, the government will have no basis to reopen schools.
Eng Gumbo stated that with better management of infrastructural development funds, institutions in the country would have been better prepared to support learning during these period of corona virus as opposed to the way things are.
He cited that during his tenure that ended in 2017, he managed to build two classrooms in Rarieda secondary school at a cost of shs 1.2 million while an ECD classroom in the neibouring Rarieda primary school was constructed by the county government of Siaya at a cost of shs 5 million a year later.
Engineer Gumbo called on the government to invest more in the infrastructure if they plan to reopen schools by January next year.