The education ministry overturned an order requiring teachers over the age of 58 to ban educational institutions as part of the government’s efforts to protect the vulnerable population.
Principal Education Secretary Belio Kipsang revealed on Wednesday (January 13th) that all teachers over the age of 58 can attend schools.
Kipsang was speaking as he visited a number of schools in Bomet County to assess the status of schools after students resumed classes on Monday January 4.
The PS visited Mulot Girls’ High School and Kaproret Primary School as it interacted with a number of students and teachers.
Education PS Dr Belio Kipsang addresses media in Nairobi in 2019
Kipsang said older teachers can now participate in physical learning, as long as they follow the safety measures recommended by the Health Ministry.
Teachers have, however, been urged to observe all Covid-19 prevention and control measures to ensure they are safe from the deadly virus.
At Mulot Girls’ High School, Kipsang asked teachers to wear the masks correctly, saying students would wear them correctly depending on how the teachers wear them.
In November, Nancy Macharia, CEO of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), asked teachers aged 58 and over to work from home in an effort to protect them from Covid-19 infections.
Teachers were assured of their job security as she noted that no guardian would be fired for working from home, in line with a presidential directive aimed at protecting vulnerable groups.
While addressing the nation in early November, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered officials and state officials over the age of 58 and those with compromised immunity to work remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The stay-at-home directive led a number of schools to face teacher shortages, prompting the TSC to announce vacations.
In December, the TSC announced 15,226 new vacancies for teachers across the country, with among the positions advertised, the Deputy Director, Program Support Officers (CSO), Director and Deputy Director.
The country has reported a reduced number of Covid-19 cases with Health CS Mutahi Kagwe noting that the curve was constant but the country had not yet flattened it.
A file image of a teacher in a classroom