Nairobi, Kenya – The Kenyan government through the Ministry of Education has released new guidelines to be observed in schools ahead of planned reopening following the outbreak of COVID-19.
The new rules were unveiled to the press on Wednesday, September 16 by Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha.
According to CS Magoha, the new guidelines include eating in shifts. This would be considered in institutions where the student population is high to avoid crowding in the dining hall.
Lunch will also be served in class while food handlers are expected to always wear personal protective equipment (PPEs). This the CS said would include wearing of gloves, aprons and face masks to promote best hygiene practices.
The new guidelines also stipulate that sharing of food and utensils is prohibited.
Africa Tembelea also understands that there will be staggered break times to help control on the number using toilets. Here a ratio of one door to 25 girls is recommended with that of boys being one door to 30 boys with a urinal.
Other guidelines include disinfection of toilets at least three times in a day. This would be done by responsible adults while cleaners will be equipped with PPEs.
Much of the studying will hence forth take place outside the classrooms with desks arranged in rows facing forward and these will be disinfected daily.
According to CS Magoha, sharing of personal items such as slippers, shoes, clothing and towels is now prohibited while use of double decker beds must meet social distancing guidelines of at least one meter apart.
For co-curricular activities, Africa Tembelea has learnt that there will be no games, drama or assemblies allowed in schools for now as well as hugging or high five in games and sharing of water bottles is prohibited.