Nairobi, Kenya – The Kenya Association of International Schools has suspended its second phase of reopening schools after a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country. In a statement released on Friday, the association said phase two of reopening for all other year groups had been scheduled for Monday 26th October.
However, the association noted that “In light of that spike the ministry of education has elected to postpone further reopening of other levels for in-person learning as they conduct an audit of this initial phase and iron out a decision model for reclosing and reopening schools as needed due to a resurgence of community transmission.”
Kenya has continued to report high numbers of community infection after President Uhuru Kenyatta eased lockdown restrictions on 28th September. On Friday, the Ministry of Health announced 631 new COVID-19 infections tested from a sample of 6,142.
The total number of confirmed cases in the country now stands at 47,843 whilst the total number of recoveries stands at 33,421.
Despite a spike in covid-19 cases in the country, The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Prof. George Magoha, however, said that there was no plan to close Kenyan schools again. The CS was speaking in Kakamega county on Friday after visiting several schools in the county.