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Knut rejects use of schools as Covid 19 isolation centers


April. 04, 2020

Knut rejects use of schools as Covid 19 isolation centers
The statement comes just a day after Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) proposed that poor Kenyans be given food rations and be considered for cash transfers to cushion them against effects of coronavirus. Kuppet Secretary-General Akello Misori argued that school closures and limitation of individual freedoms have created pressure on poor families. On use of schools as isolation centres, Knut proposed that other alternative places should be considered.
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“We plead with the Government to drop the option of using boarding school facilities in treating victims of Covid 19 due to post-corona stigma that will affect the management of schools,” said Sossion. The central government has instructed the Ministry of Education, working with county governments, to identify some 20 boarding schools per county that would host coronavirus cases in heightened preparations for the worst-case scenarios.
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Misori said open spaces in schools may be used, but not dormitories and boarding facilities. The two unions also differed on postponement of examinations. “The Government should not entertain such a proposal but work towards early resumption of normalcy to business in all learning institutions,” said Sossion. [Additional reporting by Gilbert Kimutai]
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