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No COVID-19 Tests On Learners As Schools Re-open

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As government prepares to re-open schools in the country starting with candidate classes later this month, the health ministry has said it will not be carrying out mandatory testing for all learners before they restart school.

This comes after government said that all finalists at different education levels will be reporting to schools amid COVID-19 resurgence with several parents and guardians worried about safety of their children.

The ministry has set September 20 as the reopening day for finalists.

Dr Charles Olaro, the director of Clinical services says the health ministry has been carrying out assessment surveys and they know where the disease is.

He asserts that for the start, schools, learners and teachers will have to follow the given guidelines.

Dr Olaro says the only testing government will carry out on learners or teachers or school staff will be after an alert or positive case is reported.

According to tentative school reopening strategy from the education ministry, all government schools both primary and secondary will receive a minimum of six, foot and hand operated washing facilities, two temperature guns, one plastic spray pump and 20 liters of Jik disinfectant.

All learners will be expected to wear a mask while on school premises. In addition, they will give schools hand washing facilities, soap and Jik.

But this only applies to public schools. Private schools will have to procure their own.        

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