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Uhuru Unveils 6 New Plans for School Reopening
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|Uhuru Unveils 6 New Plans for School Reopening by Kenyans247(1): Wed 09, December, 2020 09:14pm|
President Uhuru Kenyatta has unveiled six new plans to ensure the smooth reopening of schools on Monday, January 4.
The National Treasury and Planning Post-Covid-19 Economic Recovery Strategy (2020-2021) has allocated a huge chunk of the Ksh929.5 Billion to schools.Facemasks and Sanitisers
The Government is set to offer facemasks, soap and sanitisers to learners at the cost of Ksh2.1 Billion in a move that will come as a relief to parents.
Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha previously revealed that the government would supply two facemasks to learners at the cost of Ksh.1.1 Billion with only a few schools getting facemasks.
A total of Ksh500 Million will be used to provide facemasks, soaps and sanitisers in primary schools in 2020, with Ksh600 Million set aside for 2021.
Secondary schools are set to get Ksh1 Billion for the supply of facemasks while Ksh800M will be used the following year.
Construction of classrooms
To comply with the Ministry of Health guidelines on social distancing, the Government has allocated Ksh28.8 Billion to construct classrooms and refurbish previous ones to expand the learning space.
Secondary schools will use Ksh2.5 Billion on building 100 tuition blocks in the next two years.
A total of 6,352 classes, 4,838 sanitation facilities and 4,366 laboratories will be built using Ksh20.1 Billion.
Primary schools have been allocated Ksh1.2 Billion to construct classrooms and refurbished ablution blocks.
Water and Sanitation have been revamped in schools with Ksh5 Billion set aside to curb the possible spread of Covid-19 pandemic by improving hygiene.
Hiring of Teachers
The Government has committed Ksh10 Billion to hire more Primary and Secondary school teachers in the next two years.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has already announced 6,674 vacancies for tutor interns in primary and secondary schools.
Education CS George Magoha visiting a school in 2019.
Education CS George Magoha visiting a school in 2019.THE STANDARD
School Feeding Programme
Learners are set to benefit from the school feeding programme as the Government has expanded the budget to Ksh5.6 Billion.
Ksh5 Billion is set to be channelled towards the nationwide expansion of school meals programmes with Ksh500 Million set aside to implement health policies.
Increase of Child Capacitation
The Government has revised the child capacitation on an upward of Ksh152.1 Billion with Ksh73.1 Billion set to be used in 2020 and Ksh78.9 used in the following year.
The Government has allocated Ksh4 Billion to provide secondary school learners in boarding with a scholarship grant and another Ksh1 Billion to cash transfer programme for learners in underserved areas.
Post Traumatic stress funds
Teachers and learners are set to be cushioned from post-trauma stress as the Government has set aside Ksh1.1 Billion.
The Government plans to Ksh645 million to recruit professional counsellors for Secondary schools and Ksh672 to counselling units in sub-counties.
A further Ksh500 Million has been set aside to provide learners with psycho-social support for the next two years.
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