Why 55,000 Kenyan Learners Have No School to Return to

Thousands of learners in Grade Four, Standard 8 and Form Four are seeking admission in public schools, amid major concerns of a lack of capacity when all learners resume classes. So far, more than 200 private primary and secondary schools have shut down, with their owners turning them into business premises or handing them back to landlords. Currently, learners are sitting at a distance of 1.5 metres from each other as schools observe the Covid-19 health guidelines causing many schools to limit the number of learners to a maximum of 25, with others accommodating only 15 learners.


Joseph Maina converted his school into a chicken farm after the government directed that all schools be closed following the Covid-19 outbreak.

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