• Sat. Oct 31st, 2020

The Education PS, Belio Kipsang opposed the underway plans to have teachers and students undergo compulsory Covid-19 testing when schools reopen. Kipsang spoke on Monday, October 5, while leading celebrations on Teachers’ Day in Nairobi. 

The PS reasoned that the procedure would be costly as the government would be obligated to avail testing kits for over 17 million individuals. “We need over 17 million testing kits. We have over 15 million pupils in primary schools, 160,000 in teachers training colleges and technical institutions and over 400,000 teachers. 

“It will be impossible to take all of them through physical testing,” Kipsang said. He further added that the government would resort to using thermo-guns only to test for temperatures of teachers and students.  On June 23, Education CS George Magoha had hinted at forcing teachers to undergo coronavirus tests. However, the government’s ability to conduct mass testing was also questioned.

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