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Kenya teachers fear for Covid safety as schools reopen

The largest teaching union is calling on the government to provide all students with masks

The Kenya National Union of Teachers’ boss Wilson Sossion has expressed concern over the safety of students and teachers as schools in the country reopened on Monday.

He described the level of preparation on coronavirus safety measures as “quite inadequate”, in an interview with the BBC’s Newsday programme.

Mr Sossion said day schools, which number more than boarding schools, are disadvantaged as many do not have running water for handwashing.

He said the government had not released funds to schools for purchase of thermometers, sanitisers and other required items.Quote Message: When you give such directives to schools and you don’t give them funding… how are they expected to implement?

“When you give such directives to schools and you don’t give them funding… how are they expected to implement?”

The government has asked teachers to implement social distancing and hygiene guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus.