Education ministry dismisses ‘fake’ social media circular on reopening of schools

The Ministry of Education and Sports has dismissed as false a communication purportedly attributed to the Chairperson of the COVID 19 Taskforce, stating that schools will reopen next year.

According to document that was making rounds on social media, candidate classes will return to school in August 2020, national exams will be held early 2021 while other schools will also open next year.

But Mr Patrick Muinda, the ministry of Education spokesman, said the information communicated is false, misleading and must therefore be dismissed and ignored.

“The Ministry of Education and Sports does not issue Circulars and Policy guidelines through Social Media as a formal channel for Policy Communication. The formal communication with regard to the guidelines for re-opening schools will therefore be communicated to the Public as soon as the final consultative process ends,” he said on Thursday evening.

Mr Muinda said the Ministry of Education and Sports does not issue Circulars and Policy guidelines through Social Media as a formal channel for Policy Communication.

He said the formal communication with regard to the guidelines for re-opening schools will therefore be communicated to the Public as soon as the final consultative process ends.

“There will be a Press Conference to clarify issues that may require clarification. The conference will be held on the same day the guidelines for reopening schools will be issued. The time and venue will be communicated. This therefore is to assure our learners, the public, parents and other stakeholders that the Ministry will disseminate the guidelines for the re-opening of schools and Institutions as soon as final consultations over the same are concluded very soon,” Mr Muinda said.

He added that a formal press release to this effect will be circulated to all media houses for immediate dissemination on the morning of 22nd May 2020.

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