As per the directive by the ministry of education that all grade 4, Class 8 and Form 4 learners report to school on 12th October, all schools in Machakos have since resumed studies. Mauvoo news took a tour to several schools within Machakos town and its environs to check on the level of adherence and how students dealt with the ‘new normal’ after the reopening.
Kathiani Girls High School Principal Madam Daris Munyao said that they had prepared themselves and were expecting 80 percent of the students to return on Monday.
We observed that classrooms had handwashing points with teachers at the entrance to take the temperatures of the students before they enter in a class and they made sure the classes met the required social distance even though they had to occupy other classes to accommodate the 178 students.
“We are ready for the reopening, we are expecting 80 percent of the students and we resume teaching today as others still stream in. All our classes have handwashing points and teachers are there to check the temperatures before students go into the classroom as well as adhering to the 1.5-metre rule, so we are ready to start our lessons, ” she said.
Her colleague at Kathiani Boys Nicholas Nyaga also said that they were ready to reopen even under the hard economic situation facing the country due to the pandemic. Despite some of the parents not having money to pay fees, Nyaga said they were ready to receive the students and help in ensuring they cover the syllabus before the KCSE exams begin in March 2021.
“Our classes have adhered to social distance as you have seen there is a handwashing point in all classes and we are expecting students to all turn by the end of the week though we resume our studies today despite the fact that the parents have not paid for the boarding fees but we are going to give them some time to clear as we prepare for the exams in March 2021,” said Nyaga.
A cross-check at several primary schools in Machakos town; Machakos primary and St. Marys Primary revealed that handwashing points had been set up.
Some of the learners in Primary schools however forgot their masks or did not have them. In Kitui County, The Governor launched 2 free masks for all learners as schools reopen. The hot afternoons proved a challenge to the learners in masks.