Schools were closed in March after the first case of covid-19 was confirmed in Kenya. And the government had set January 2021 as the reopening date.
However following recent developments on the Covid -19 cases, the Education CS Prof. Magoha formed an Education task force to advice on schools reopening.
The education task force has now settled on Oct 19th as the date for reopening of all basic institutions of learning.
From and earlier meeting at KICD building in Nairobi , Prof Magoha had said schools reopening date will be known after a mega stakeholder meeting on sep 25th.
The experts have recommended phased reopening of the primary and secondary schools. Phase one to take place in October 19th. This includes classes 7 and 8 and form three and four.
Phase two reopening recommendation includes Grade one to three, standard five,six and finally form one and two classes to resume learning in Nov 2nd.
“From what I have observed, the curve is flattening and as a ministry we are in the process of relooking at our systems so that to get prepared.” Prof. Magoha said.
“Teachers can start to prepare to report back to their schools to make them habitable before students report. And at that time we will have phased re-opening with priority given to exam classes. In fact technical colleges are likely to reopen soon.” He said
If the government agrees with the committee and adopts the news dates, K.C.S.E and K.C.P.E examinations will be done in April 2021.
The second term will begin in October and close at the end of November while the third term will start in January and end in March.
This will see the school calendar altered to kick off in June as opposed to usual January- November Cycle.
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