Eleven students at Friends School Kamusinga in Bungoma County have tested positive for Covid-19.

An additional six cases were recorded at Kimilili Boys High School, according to a statement issued on Friday.

The Education Ministry announced that 17 students and 33 teachers have so far tested positive for COVID-19 since schools reopened two weeks ago.

Education Principal Secretary Dr Belio Kipsang who told Members of Parliament that 4 non-teaching staff have also contracted the virus.

Dr Kipsang, speaking when he appeared before the National Assembly’s Education Committee, said 35 schools countrywide have reported COVID-19 cases so far; he, however, ruled out any possibility of closure of schools in the immediate future.

Schools hit with covid

“We are not about to close schools unless advised by the Ministry of Health, but we are putting our heads together to work our modalities of reopening other classes,” said Dr Kipsang.

He told the MPs that the biggest challenge will be achieving social distancing in public schools, adding that they would need to double school infrastructure if they were to achieve it.

The PS insisted that the ministry plans to mitigate that by providing water for regular washing of hands and ensuring students wear masks in schools.

Notably, two teachers succumbed to Covid-19. One in Tononoka, Mombasa and the other in Nakuru.