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(PHOTOS) Students resume classes for second term

Some students are yet to report back to school due to lack of school fees and other needed materials.

In Summary

• Last week, the government announced it has released Sh17.5 billion to schools across the country as capitation for the second term.

• Education CS Prof George Magoha warned headteachers against sending learners away because of school fees.

Pupils in Kibera slums walk to school during school reopening for their second term for the year 2020 on 12, October 2021. The school calendar has been greatly affected by the covid-19 pandemic.
Pupils in Kibera slums walk to school during school reopening for their second term for the year 2020 on 12, October 2021. The school calendar has been greatly affected by the covid-19 pandemic.
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Students in primary and high schools have returned to school after a short break.

Schools reopened for the second term calendar, following the interruptions caused by Covid-19, which forced institutions to be closed as a way to curb the spread of the virus.

Whitney Oduor a form 3 student at Silver Spring secondary school in Kibera slums study on 12, October 2021 during the school reopening of their second term for the year 2020. The school calendar has been greatly affected by the covid-19 pandemic. Most pupils have not reported back to school due to lack of school fees.
Whitney Oduor a form 3 student at Silver Spring secondary school in Kibera slums study on 12, October 2021 during the school reopening of their second term for the year 2020. The school calendar has been greatly affected by the covid-19 pandemic. Most pupils have not reported back to school due to lack of school fees.
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Even as other students are already in school and some still arriving, others are yet to report back to school due to lack of school fees and other needed materials in school for their well-being.

Last week, the government announced it has released Sh17.5 billion to schools across the country as capitation for the second term.

Education CS Prof George Magoha warned headteachers against sending learners away because of school fees.

“The money has been released to them and no school has any justification to send children home," Magoha said.

Yvonne Mutheu a form 4 student at Silver Springs secondary study on 12 October 2021. The schools have reopened for their second term for the year 2020. The has been a low turn out in schools due to lack of school fees.
Yvonne Mutheu a form 4 student at Silver Springs secondary study on 12 October 2021. The schools have reopened for their second term for the year 2020. The has been a low turn out in schools due to lack of school fees.
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Some of the pupils are seen going to school wearing their face masks, some not wearing them properly and some without. 

Nadia Mbonne and Whitney Oduor peep through the window without putting on the facemask during a class session at Silver Spring secondary school on 12, October 2021.
Nadia Mbonne and Whitney Oduor peep through the window without putting on the facemask during a class session at Silver Spring secondary school on 12, October 2021.
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Form 2 pupils at Silver springs Secondary school Elizabeth Mulindo and Salphine Ompaka revise for their continuous assessment test after schools reopening for their second term for the year 2020 on 12, October 2021.
Form 2 pupils at Silver springs Secondary school Elizabeth Mulindo and Salphine Ompaka revise for their continuous assessment test after schools reopening for their second term for the year 2020 on 12, October 2021.
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In Kibera, the narrative is seen vividly as most learners struggle to maintain and watch the covid-19 protocols set by the government; sanitizing/washing of hands, social distancing and wearing of face masks properly.

A pupil walks to school during school reopening for their second term of the year 2020 school calendar. She is seen walking without wearing her facemask properly. She stands at a risk of conducting the covid-19 virus,
A pupil walks to school during school reopening for their second term of the year 2020 school calendar. She is seen walking without wearing her facemask properly. She stands at a risk of conducting the covid-19 virus,
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Just like anyone else, students can also contract the virus and spread it to others, hence the reason why institutions are mandated to ensure students are in a safe and conducive learning environment.

A pupil walk to school in Kibera Slums
A pupil walk to school in Kibera Slums
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