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A few schools have reopened today following the government’s directive which was issued by President William Ruto on Thursday.

According to a cabinet meeting he chaired, on Thursday, a new school opening date of May 6th was issued after he earlier postponed the same until further notice, during the State of Nation Address. This directive conflicted with CS Education Ezekiel Machogu who caused rage last week.

 “Ahead of the schools opening on May 6th, 2024… the prevailing weather conditions pose accessibility challenges due to flash floods, swollen rivers and landslides thus affecting the transport system for learners to and from school. Parents are, therefore, required to ensure that their children safely report to school on time,” Machogu stated.

This is as the government struggles to rehabilitate institutions which have been affected by raging floods.

The school opening dates were affected by the ongoing El-Nino rains that have caused sad tales of death and destruction in our wake. So far more than 200 people have been killed across the country, more than 75 are still missing and over 45, 000 displaced.

The government went ahead to add that KCSE will not be affected by the disorganization of the second term’s school calendar.

Heavy rains have cut off access to several schools. This comes as the Kenya Meteorological Department warned of more rains in the next seven days with landslides experienced in other areas.

He said his Ministry will work with relevant agencies and stakeholders to put in place measures to mitigate the adverse effects of the rains and provide regular updates on all developments as pertains to the education sector.

The Ministry of Education has announced that the re-opening date for schools remains on Monday, May 6 even as floods continue to wreak havoc across the country.

Machogu asked parents to ensure children arrive at school on time just as the institutions work to keep the learners safe amid the ongoing heavy rains.

There was however a low turnout as many students and teachers stayed away for fear of further rainfall and awaiting further directives from the government.