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Suspending school calendar, good move — KNUT boss

Elly Korinko has called on other stakeholders to support the government’s efforts in preparing the learning facilities for resumption of school calendar next year

By Albert Lemomo

Kajiado County KNUT Secretary Ely Korinko has called on the government to improve learning facilities in order to prepare for re-opening of schools in January 2021.

Korinko said the Ministry of Education’s move to suspend the school calendar for 2020 is welcomed since what matters most is the safety of the students.

Addressing the Press in Kajiado on July 10, the KNUT Secretary noted that this is the time to ensure safety of the learning facilities in the Country before re-opening in January next year in war against Covid-19 pandemic.

“Kenya is not the only country which has postponed the school calendar and the parents should continue to encourage their children since the pandemic is global and everyone is not safe,” said Korinko.

He called on other stakeholders to support the government’s efforts in preparing the learning facilities for resumption of school calendar in 2021 by ensuring the country manages to flatten the curve before the end of the year.

However, Korinko indicated that teachers who are not employed by the Teachers Service Commission are equally facing a difficult time since they are not getting any salary.

KNUT Secretary said the government should also cushion the teachers in the private schools from the effects of Covid-19 pandemic by setting aside a stimulus package for them during this time when schools are closed.

He further urged parents to take up their parental responsibilities seriously as the children are now at home with a lot of free time which if not monitored closely will lead to decay of moral values.

“It is upon every parent to instill good morals in their children since there are no teachers to watch over them now at home. This is the time early pregnancies is on the increase, early marriages and ill motive agendas as children are being influenced outside the school set up,” said Korinko.

He also challenged the communities to take caution while exercising any form of cultural practices among the children during this period arguing that it is a new normal and things are going to be done in a different way to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

 

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