More than 50% of Parents with school-going children intend to take up some responsibility in keeping their children busy until school reopens. Three-quarters of Kenyans with Children in Primary school did not support the reopening of schools in September 2020 Indiscipline cases (due to school closure) a big concern for parents. Uncertainty on Government preparedness to handle the spread of COVID-19 in Education institutions.
On the other hand, 30% (children in public) and 28% of parents with children in private/mission schools, supported the reopening of schools in September 2020. Similarly, 31% with children in public secondary schools and 28% with children in private/mission schools were of the same opinion. Interestingly, when asked what their reasons for supporting school reopening, 49% of parents with children in tertiary/college/university cited “A lot of time has been wasted academically”, a much higher percentage that parents with children in other levels of education: public primary school (28%), private/mission primary school (40%), public secondary (28%) and private/mission secondary(27%).
The second reason for the support of school reopening with the highest number of respondents was “ Indiscipline cases among children”.In this instance, the highest number of concerned parents were those with children in secondary school – 29% for public and private/mission secondary schools, 27% for public and private/mission primary school and 26% for tertiary/college/university.