Open Air Classrooms in Kenya

Students and pupils from across the country have already had a taste of open-air classrooms. Schools from across the country have embarked on learning and a section seems to have taken up Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha’s challenge to school learners under tree sheds.

A mathematical challenge that easily resonates with this current situation, but in this case, x is known or could we say it is unknown? The CS had urged school heads to be innovative tree sheds. This is in line with the government’s directive to ensure social distancing in schools, in the fight against Covid-19 in the country.

schools such as Mweiga Primary School in Nyeri had a significant number of pupils learning under trees as part of efforts to maintain social distance.

Nairobi County Education and Sports Executive Janet Ouko on January 4, argued that the rest of the country ought to adjust to the current situation as some marginalised areas have been used to learning under such conditions. However Kenyans are not pleased with the current situation. Most took to a rant on social media. These were some of the posts on the internet.


We pay taxes diligently but children will be learning under trees from today. What do they do if it rains? What about the sweltering January sun?! This country is a big joke. Let’s not romanticize the idea of learning under trees. What will teachers use as black boards? What happens when it rains? How many trees to sit 1000 kids? Per school? In 9 months, classes would have been built. So much would have been done. Kenyan kids deserved better.

If education is the key to success, and schools are the places where one is supposed to gain the initial knowledge from, then where is x, in this case, the basic infrastructure.

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