We had hoped that the presidential order for Cabinet secretaries to proceed on leave will be taken seriously. But as usual in Kenya, nothing is serious. One minister is busy defying the president and issuing conflicting statements.
Yesterday he was in Siaya saying that only the president can reopen schools, Last week he said something about schools not opening until. 2023 when the curve will flatten. Sometimes back he said schools will reopen in September. Today he was in Bungoma saying that schools will open in January. He was at Bungoma DEB primary.
He said that he toured the school owing to its huge population to see how they are prepared for reopening and the challenges they are facing but he wasn’t contented with it.
“This school has a big population of pupils over 3,000 and it will be difficult to handle the corona menace now, the school has few classrooms and it will be difficult to control the 1.5 metres sitting arrangements, the school also doesn’t have enough chairs for learners to use when having lunch,” he said.
Magoha repeated his old song that the government will not risk the lives of learners by reopening schools in September 2020.
Speaking at Bungoma DEB primary school in Kanduyi constituency on August 20 when he toured the school to check on preparedness on handling Covid-19 before reopening, Magoha stated that from his visit to a number of schools across the country, majority of them are ill equipped.
It is no secret anymore that Magoha will be replaced as the Education minister in Kenya. The sector needs NOT ONLY serious consultation from all stakeholders BUT SERIOUS dictators like Matiang’i who can make radical moves like what he did when he radically stopped exam cheating.
We don’t achieve success by using sheer threats and indecisiveness the way MAGOHA does things, but via proper planning and risk taking.