Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced allocation of Sh6.5billion to the ministry of education as he indicated that schools will be reopening soon.

Speaking during the Seventh Presidential address on the coronavirus pandemic the eight-point economic stimulus programme on Saturday, President Kenyatta said he was aware of the anxiety weighing on the minds of parents and their children in regard to when schools will re-open.

“We will in the very near future, be communicating, what plans and programmes we have for the education sector. In that regard, we have allocated an additional budget of Sh6.5 billion to the Ministry of Education,” said Mr. Kenyatta. 

He said the funds, will go towards recruitment of 10,000 teachers and 1,000 ICT interns to support digital learning.

“The programme will also support the improvement of school infrastructure, including acquisition of 250,000 locally fabricated desks.  The aim is to get thousands of our graduates off the bench and into action while we support local artisans and builders businesses,” the president said.

On Friday, a taskforce on reopening of schools concluded the exercise to collect views from Kenyans and organisational institutional on schools should re-open amid different opinion from stakeholders.

Already sharp divisions have emerged among education stakeholders on when schools should reopen after closing on March 15 due to outbreak of corona virus in the country.

The taskforce on Covid-19 education response committee chaired by Dr. Sara Ruto on Friday said it had received 3,000 individual and institutional submissions on re-opening of schools.

The debate comes a week after 70 students in France contracted corona virus few days after re-opening of schools while in an easing of coronavirus lockdown.

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