Schools in Mt. Elgon sub-county are witnessing a shockingly small turn up among male students as circumcision has seen them remain in homes nursing their wounds. Mr. Isaac Musanii, Principal of Chesiro Secondary School in Mt. Elgon, has said.
This comes against a backdrop of circumcision rites for boys among Luhya and some Kalenjin communities.
Speaking to Radio Halisi on Tuesday in his school two days after candidates resumed classes in the country, Mr. Musanii speculated that the seclusion of initiates as required of them, might account for the low turn up, which he fears may adversely affect their learning.
He added that since Coronavirus cases kept raising, parents dismissed the possibility of schools’ resumption. However, he urged parents to allow students resume learning.
In addition, he said that public schools may have the challenge of ensuring the learners access masks should the government fail to send funds.
”The biggest challenge is lack of masks among the students,” he said.
Also, the principal urged the area member of parliament of, Fred Kapondi to repair roads, saying, “Many roads are in poor condition as some bridges are broken due to floods.”
He further advised the government to set aside funds for infrastructural development to facilitate smooth learning.
On the other hand, Sylvia Chepkwemoi, a student from Chesiro Secondary school did not hide her happiness after resuming classes. She appreciated Education CS George Magoha for allowing the re-opening of learning institutions. Sylvia added that home environment was not conducive for them especially the girls.
She urged the colleagues to adhere to the guidelines put in place by the Ministry of Health for schools in curbing the spread of Corona virus in learning institutions.
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