President Uhuru Kenyatta today addressed the nation following the measures previously imposed to curb the spread of Coronavirus.
In his speech, President Kenyatta lifted the movement restrictions placed on Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera. He also reopened places of worship directing them to keep the numbers to a minimum of 100 and discouraged people in the vulnerable age bracket from attending.
The Ministry of Education and stakeholders were directed to jointly notify the public on the 2020 academic calendar for basic education as well as tertiary institutions not later than tomorrow.
During the President’s speech on June 6, he directed the Ministry of Education to develop guidelines to ensure the safety of its students upon reopening of schools. At the time, he had pointed towards a gradual reopening of schools from September.
However, in the last one month, the number of Covid-19 cases in the country with 7,886 confirmed cases to date.
In his Monday address, President Kenyatta also voiced concerns over the worrying trends of increased Gender-Based Violence cases and teenage pregnancies in the country.
The Head of State directed the National Crime Research Centre to probe such related cases and prepare an advisory within 30 days as well as initiate an immediate prosecution of all violators.
“Exercise civil responsibility and bring these unfortunate incidences to an end. If the family ins under attack, the state is under attack. If the family is weak, the nation is weak,” he said.
Further, he directed the team to address three issues including the Gender-Based Violence, Girlchild Empowerment and violation of children’s rights.
Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, cases of domestic violence have surged with different counties reporting worrying trends.
Teenage pregnancies have been on the rise with a recent report indicating that at least 4000 school going girls have been found pregnant within the last four months in Machakos county.