Home of Peace Covid 19 Update

We have been asked how our staff and children are coping with the Covid 19 restrictions. here is a brief update

In early April the Kenyan Government closed all schools due to Covid 19.
We were told that they expected to re-open by September. Now we hear that they may not re-open this year. (For more info please news report below)

Please join us in praying as this is very difficult for both our staff and our children. The children are restless and therefore their behaviour is not as good as normal. Naturally they are anxious because their studies and potentially their future is in doubt. This is worst for those in their final year of either Primary or Secondary school.

The staff are doing an amazing job and we thank God for them but they are also exhausted from having all the children at the home 24/7

God has been gracious and nobody attached to Home of Peace has shown any Covid 19 symptoms.

1 July 2020 – 2:53 pm

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has hinted at delays in reopening both secondary and primary schools, citing uncertainty.

Addressing the press after a Wednesday, morning meeting, the CS disclosed that reopening learning institutions could be pushed to 2021 depending on the extent of infections as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage the country.

He further disclosed that reopening schools would be determined by education sector players’ preparedness in enforcing the one-meter social distancing rule as directed by the Ministry of Health.

Magoha had earlier announced a raft of measures stipulated to guide the reopening of schools. He directed that the maximum number of learners in a classroom would be between 15 and 20 with a 1.5-metre social distance. 

He further announced that teachers would be expected to report to their schools two weeks before the reopening date and that each learner to be provided with two masks and national exams may be taken in April 2021. 

Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary-General Wilson Sossion has outlined fresh demands ahead of the scheduled reopening of schools 

The union also demanded that, in line with the state’s social distancing rule and public gathering policy, all classes should have a minimum of 15 learners, a demand that would have classes subdivided into many streams.

That would hence call for an expanded workforce in which 400,000 teachers would have to be hired to fill the deficit.

He argued that the teaching profession would be among the worst-hit due to a huge number of teachers aged over 50 years.

In Kenya, more than 50,000 teachers are aged 50 years and above.

Sossion had earlier argued that the reopening plan would be unsuccessful if a deficit of 400,000 teachers was not covered for the new teacher-student ratio to be implemented where a class would be expected to hold a maximum of 20 students.

UPDATE 8th July 2020

Coronavirus: Kenyan schools to remain closed until 2021

All schools in Kenya will remain closed until next January because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Final year exams, usually taken in October and November, have also been cancelled.

Education Minister George Magoha said students would repeat a year as schools had closed in mid-March, three months after the school calendar had begun.

Kenya’s academic year runs from January to November.

“The 2020 school calendar year will be considered lost due to Covid-19 restrictions,” Mr Magoha said.

This would apply to public and private schools, he said.

The government-run Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development has been providing school programmes via the radio, television and online since students stopped going to classes in March.

But while some have been able to cover the syllabus using these resources, there are many others who do not have access to the technology.

Mr Magoha said his ministry would explore how to make online learning accessible to all pupils.

On Monday, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a phased reopening of the country, including the lifting of travel restrictions in the main cities of Nairobi and Mombasa.

However, he did extend a nationwide overnight curfew – from 21:00 to 04:00 local time – for a further 30 days.