President William Ruto has issued a directive for the reopening of all schools on Monday, May 13, 2024.

This decision comes as a relief for students, parents, and educators alike, following weeks of uncertainty due to adverse weather conditions.

Improved weather forecasts, indicating a reduction in heavy rains that had previously disrupted normal activities, have paved the way for the resumption of academic activities.

In addition to the reopening directive, President Ruto has taken a proactive step to address the challenges posed by the recent heavy rains.

He has instructed that funds for the reconstruction of school infrastructure damaged by the floods be made available through the National Government Constituencies Development Fund (NG-CDF).

This move underscores the government’s commitment to ensuring that schools are equipped to provide a conducive learning environment for students.

Initially, schools were slated to reopen on April 29, 2024, but the date was later postponed to May 6, 2024, due to disruptions caused by the heavy rains.

However, last week, President Ruto directed the Ministry of Education to indefinitely postpone the reopening of schools in response to the flooding crisis exacerbated by the relentless downpours.

The decision to reopen schools on May 13 was announced by President Ruto during a meeting with leaders from Kajiado and Laikipia counties at State House.

This decision was informed by advice from the Kenya Meteorological Department, which indicated a favorable weather outlook for the coming days.

President Ruto’s directive to postpone the reopening of schools until further notice was a precautionary measure aimed at ensuring the safety of learners.

With the weatherman warning of the possibility of worsening floods, which have tragically claimed 210 lives so far, the government is taking proactive steps to mitigate the risks posed to students and educators.

As the nation prepares for the resumption of academic activities, President Ruto’s leadership in addressing the challenges posed by adverse weather conditions underscores the government’s commitment to prioritizing the safety and well-being of its citizens, particularly the youth who form the future backbone of the nation.



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