According to a report by the Nation Media group, 20 students and teachers in Mombasa county have tested positive of Covid-19 since school reopening. 16 of the positive cases were from Tononoka secondary and 4 from Star of the Sea school.
The new cases in Tononoka secondary come just a day after the institution’s principal succumbed to the novel coronavirus disease. The deputy principal, Mr. Nzaro, yesterday confirmed the death of his boss Mr Mohammed Khamis. The school head’s demise came days after infections were reported among the school’s staff and students.
Kenyans have now called on the Education CS George Magoha to close down learning institutions. They have faulted the CS for fast tracking school reopening yet the Covid-19 infection curve had not yet flattened. The Education ministry had instructed the school administrations to recall Class 4, Class 8 and Form 4 students.
The reopening came months after President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the closure of all learning institutions. The head of state issued the directive after the encroachment of the contagious coronavirus disease. Stakeholders in the education sector saw it wise to reopen the institutions early this month after a nationwide reduction of infections recorded per day.
The decision was criticized by Kenyans after the country begun to record a second wave of infections. The current surge in numbers has fueled a new call for school closure. Kenyans are now left waiting for the next action from the government and the relevant ministries.