The Ministry of Education has published guidelines on health and safety protocols for the reopening of basic education institutions.

The guidelines spell out measures which all basic educational institutions should put in place before they are allowed to reopen schools.

The regulations demand that all basic educational institutions be involved in ensuring learning continues for all Kenyans despite the interruptions occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the published protocols, all educational institutions should have adequate toilets that are properly maintained to prevent the spread of diseases.

Dormitories and halls of residence shall be adapted to ensure there is no congestion and maintain a distance of at least one meter between beds from either side and where possible, boarding will be optional.

Institution activities, playing, teaching/training, and learning will take place outside the classrooms/lecture halls.

Where learners or trainees will be in class, institution management will create physical distance between learners and place working tables at least one meter apart from one another, and one meter apart from all doors to avoid any physical contact or air contamination.

The Government closed all learning institutions from 15th March, 2020 to curb the spread of the virus.

The pandemic has disrupted learning for over 18 million learners and trainees in Kenya posing a threat to the attainment of Sustainable Development Goal No.4 on access to quality, equitable and inclusive education and training.

To address the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Education developed a COVID-19 response and recovery plan whose aim is to guide on modalities of provision of accessible quality, equitable and inclusive education and training to all Kenyans during and after the pandemic.

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