KSSSA plans school games return when schools reopen

Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) chairman Peter Orero has given an assurance that school games will not be sacrificed, once schools are reopened after they were closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Dagoretti School principal says KSSSA will put all options on the table to ensure school games run concurrently with the other learning activities, in order to ‘maintain the integrity’ of  the Kenyan student’s ‘complete’ life in school.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha Tuesday gave the biggest indication yet that schools could reopen before January 2021 if the Covid-19 situation in the country continues to improve.

“We don’t know when schools will reopen but once that is confirmed, we will immediately call for an executive meeting to discuss how school games will also resume. However, that will depend on the guidelines which the ministry of education will lay down for reopening the schools.

“School games and by large the co-curricular activities form an integral part of the learning process of a student and it will not be in good faith to sacrifice sports. The careers of many renowned sports personalities in Kenya is shaped while in secondary school and a lot of focus is needed there to continue producing potent talents for the sports industry,” he told Citizen Digital.

The long-serving school games administrator added that once the Ministry of Education gives the green light for schools reopening, KSSSA will deliberate over the recent safety guidelines which were issued by the Ministry of Sports.

“We’ll also hold discussions on how we will ensure safety for the students who will be participating in school games. We hope the ministry of education will guide us on how we will follow the safety guidelines which were announced by the ministry of education,” he added.

Schools were closed mid-march days after the first coronavirus case was confirmed in Kenya.

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