Star of the Sea High School in Mombasa was on Wednesday, October 21 closed after four cases of Covid-19 were confirmed at the institution.

A senior teacher and three of her colleagues returned positive results Tuesday, forcing the school, which is located in Ganjoni, to be shut with immediate effect.

On Wednesday morning, health officers embarked on fumigating premises within the institution.

Eleven Covid-19 cases were also confirmed at the Tononoka High School, leading to the closure of the institution.

It remains unclear if there are any students who have contracted the virus.

Mombasa County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo on Wednesday morning said that the schools will be closed for two weeks.

Form Four students had already resumed face-to-face learning on October 12 following Education minister George Magoha’s directive on resumption of studies in the country following a seven-month hiatus due to the coronavirus crisis.

In Nairobi, two non-teaching staff at Nova Pioneer Schools were also confirmed to have contracted the virus, delaying reopening by a week, according to director Christopher Khaemba.

Meanwhile, at least two more cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Nandi County after a student at Kabote SDA Secondary School in Nandi Hills who tested positive for coronavirus was taken to an isolation centre.

There was panic also at Lelmokwo Secondary, but the county Health Executive Ruth Koech only confirmed the case at Kabote.

The cases come days after it emerged that many public schools reopened when they were not fully prepared to adhere to the protocols established by the Health ministry.

Many do not have running water for hand washing, and social distancing will be a big challenge once all learners report back.

When the schools resumed in-person classes for learners in Grade 4, Standard 8 and Form 4, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said authorities would monitor the situation for two weeks before recalling the rest of the learners.

The Covid-19 response taskforce that he appointed had recommended that schools fully reopen from next week in an effort to squeeze in the second term before the year ends to avoid a repetition of the academic year.


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