President William Ruto postpones reopening of all schools until further notice

President William Ruto has announced that all schools will reopen on Monday, May 13.

The reopening comes barely a week after he announced the suspension of school reopening until further notice.

President Ruto announced the new reopening date at State House, Nairobi on Wednesday.

He made the pronouncement when he hosted grassroots leaders from Laikipia North and Kajiado Central.

They were led by their respective Members of Parliament Sarah Lekorere and Elijah Memusi respectively.

Ruto had on Friday directed the Ministry of Education to postpone reopening all schools.

"The Ministry of Education is directed to postpone the dates of the reopening of all schools in the country for the second term until further notice," the President said.

The postponement, Ruto said, followed a warning by the meteorological department that indicated that the flooding is likely to worsen with the ongoing rains.

"Meteorological reports paint a dire picture. The rains will persist increasing both in duration and intensity for the rest of this month and possibly after," he said.

"The Cyclone is predicted to cause torrential rain, strong winds and powerful and dangerous waves, which could disrupt marine activities in the Indian Ocean and settlements along the Kenyan coast."

The schools were initially set for reopening on April 29.

The reopening was, however, postponed by Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu due to heavy rains Monday morning.

Machogu said they had received data that some schools have been adversely affected by the ongoing floods.

He said sending students and staff to the affected schools would be putting their lives at risk if they were to reopen schools.