Schools To Reopen On Monday, May 13

This comes days after President William Ruto had announced that the reopening of schools had been postponed until further notice

Schools To Reopen On Monday, May 13
President William Ruto delivering a speech during the burial ceremony of the late Kelvin Kiptum in Elgeyo Marakwet on Friday, February 23, 2024. /PCS

The government has announced that all schools will reopen for the second term on Monday, May 13, 2024.

This was announced by Secretary of State Functions, Mike Gitonga, days after President William Ruto had announced that the reopening of schools had been postponed until further notice.

"Schools to re-open on Monday 13th May 2024," he posted on X.

President William Ruto, while speaking to Kajiado and Laikipia leaders on Wednesday, May 8, said that the government will release funds to enable schools damaged by floods to be rebuilt.

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu during the release of 2024 Form one placement results at Lenana School on December 18, 2023. /MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

In particular, government agencies will coordinate with the National Government Constituencies Development Fund (NG-CDF) to facilitate the construction of damaged schools.

It was noted that the reopening of schools set for Monday was informed by advisories issued by the Kenya Meteorological Department.

Kenya Met predicted that the rains are projected to reduce in intensity from this week. 

Schools were meant to reopen on Monday, May 6, having been postponed initially on Monday, May 29 owing to the flooding crisis in the country.

Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ezekiel Machogu had previously insisted that the schools be opened on Monday.

According to a circular dated Thursday, May 2, the CS asked parents to ensure children arrive at school on time just as the institutions work to keep the learners safe amid the ongoing heavy rains and flooding.

"Ahead of the schools opening on May 6th, 2024... the prevailing weather conditions pose accessibility challenges due to flash floods, swollen rivers and landslides thus affecting the transport system for learners to and from school. Parents are, therefore, required to ensure that their children safely report to school on time," Machogu stated.

"All heads of institutions, field education officers, parents and stakeholders are urged to prioritize the safety and wellbeing of learners, teachers and school community guided by the Meteorological Department weather forecast reports released from time to time."

On Friday, May 3, President Ruto directed the Ministry of Education to postpone the school reopening.

"The Ministry of Education is directed to postpone the dates of reopening of all schools in the country for the second term until further notice," he announced.

Floods affecting Mathare slums on April 24, 2024. /RACHAEL MWIKALI