Approximately 2,000 schools nationwide are facing delays in reopening on Monday due to either being inaccessible from flooding or having their infrastructure damaged by recent heavy rains, according to Deputy Government Spokesperson Mwanaisha Chidzuga.

Chidzuga assured that students from affected schools would still be accommodated, with plans to relocate them to nearby schools or set up temporary tents for their education continuity.

While some schools may not open on schedule, it doesn’t mean that learning will halt. Around 30 counties have felt the impact of flooding, but fortunately, the situation isn’t as dire as before.

 We can establish makeshift tents, and most schools are currently in satisfactory condition,” Chidzuga stated.

Additionally, she disclosed the government’s contemplation of extending the second term to compensate for the delayed school openings.

Chidzuga emphasized the importance of collaboration to ensure that educational institutions nationwide are adequately equipped to receive students, noting the government’s dedication to rehabilitating flood-damaged learning facilities.

The decision to postpone school reopening by two weeks was prompted by heavy rains causing widespread floods and devastation across the country.

The floods have exacted a heavy toll, with over 200 casualties reported.

The Mai Mahiu tragedy stands out, where a burst water catchment upstream resulted in mudslides that engulfed homes while residents slept, claiming numerous lives.

This announcement underscores the government’s commitment to prioritizing the safety and education of students amidst challenging circumstances.

Efforts to address infrastructure damage and provide alternative learning arrangements reflect a proactive approach to mitigate the impact of natural disasters on the education sector.

Collaboration between government agencies, local communities, and other stakeholders will be crucial in ensuring the swift recovery and resilience of affected schools and communities.

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