Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha has announced that the government will not provide masks for all students when schools re-open in January.

Speaking during a visit to Roysambu Primary School in Nairobi, Prof Magoha noted that he believes that not all parents are unable to afford masks, as such, the government will give masks to students who cannot afford them completely.

“We shall not provide masks to everybody because I strongly believe a large number of families can afford Sh100 to buy masks,” Magoha said as quoted by a local daily.

Regarding social distancing when schools reopen on January 4, 2021, Magoha noted that the Ministry is aware the there are many challenges, adding that they are working tirelessly to ensure a seamless resumption of full primary and secondary school education in the country.


“There may be challenges when we re-open, but we shall altogether deal with them as they come. This is a very serious issue and people should stop politicising it because Covid-19 is here to stay and we must adapt,” he said.

On the issue of KCPE and KCSE, Magoha said the exams are ready and urged parents to encourage their children to prepare well for the assessment.

“The examinations are now ready and are very simple. Let parents encourage their children to continue preparing. I must also applaud the teachers for the manner in which they have covered the time table,” he divulged.