The Kisumu County Churches clergy had called upon the government to come to the rescue of schools in the county to cope with guidelines to combat the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
The Clergy chairperson Bishop Winnie Owiti said it was a bright idea by the government to open schools in phases but must assist them to comply with the regulations.
Owiti said some schools were finding it hard to comply with the ministry of health regulations on the fight against the virus.
She said many learners reported to school without face masks as directed by the ministry of education.
The Bishop of Voice of Salvation and Healing Church said due to poverty, many parents could not afford face masks for their children.
While addressing the press in Kisumu, Owiti said the government promised to assist needy learners with free masks noting that the help should be prioritized to cushion the learners from contracting the virus.
She further challenged the government to ensure all classrooms were fumigated by the ministry of health officials.
Owiti said learners require a clean environment to continue with their studies that was interrupted almost five months ago.
She also noted that a lasting solution should be found for the schools that failed to open due to flood menace.