Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has refuted claims that community-based learning will be done in schools.
Addressing the press after touring Kitale National polytechnic on Monday, Magoha said there are cartels both within his ministry and outside who are pushing for such a programme to be carried out in schools with the aim of making money.
All schools and learning institutions were closed in March as a measure of contain the Covid -19 spread.
“There is nothing like the Community Based Learning will be done in schools, if that was the case, then we should have opened the schools, those are cartels who want us to open schools without being prepared and should be ignored “said Magoha.
The CS said he has summoned all stakeholders to convene on September 1 to see the way forward on schools’ re-opening.
The Community Learning, Magoha said has started in most areas and is taking place in the same locality where teachers come from.
This, he said is done in small groups and is aimed at areas where online programs cannot be accessed.
He said all teachers will be paid.
The CS faulted recent media statements that those who have not registered with Community-Based programs will not get their pay.
At the same time, Magoha was pleased with the Kitale National polytechnic preparations adding that it is now a third technical institution to follow the health protocols ahead of re- opening.
“Kitale National polytechnic is a third institution to be okayed for opening after putting in place the measures required as far as covid 19 protocols are concerned, we will give it an okay after two weeks but its more than 90 percent on the course “Magoha.
Other institutions which have been approved are Eldoret National Polytechnic and Rift valley Technical Institute.