As schools reopen following a 7-month break occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic, parents with school-going learners in Kitui can breathe a sigh of relief. This is after Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu announced that all learners will get 2 free face masks made in KICOTEC.
Ngilu was meeting stakeholders in the education sector on Sunday where she also announced that she would support schools in handwashing by giving tanks to the schools that do not have and distributing water to the schools.
“There are a lot of schools that do not have water nearby. I will supply water using our boozers and give them tanks so that children can wash their hands when in school.” Ngilu said.
“In Kitui we also make hand sanitizers. We will be issuing the same to teachers so that they can use it. I have given some thermo guns and will also issue more so that the temperature of learners can be checked.” She went on.
KNUT Secretary General Kitui County Simon Mutunga lauded Ngilu for the free masks and asked parents to work with schools to ensure they meet the protocols.
“Parents should also come in and know there is a responsibility to take care of their children because Covid-19 is there and it is real as we reopen schools,” Mutunga said.
The Government last week announced the reopening of schools for Grade 4, class 8, and Form 4 students on the 12th of October. This caught many parents by surprise as they had not prepared for reopening. Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior last week said the decision was rushed and most schools are not ready for reopening.