Education CS Prof. George Magoha and education stakeholders during a press conference in Nairobi. Photo credit: Citizen digital
By Collins Orono
The Ministry of Education on Tuesday announced plans to reopen Primary and secondary schools in 2021 shelving earlier plans to reopen schools in September 2020.
In his address to the Media and KICD, Education cabinet secretary Prod. George Magoha said that the 2020 academic year will be considered lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic hence all primary and secondary schools will now reopen in January next year further adding that the decision was arrived in consultation with all stakeholders.
“The stakeholders have resolved to reopen all basic education learning institutions in January 2021. This is based on the assumption that the infection curve will have flattened by December, 2020″. Said CS Magoha.
He further stated that there will be no KCPE and KCSE examinations in 2020 meaning the 2020 Standard Eight and Form Four candidates will sit their examinations in 2021.
These decisions on institutions’ reopening will apply to all children, including those in schools offering International Curriculum.
Although this year’s over 700 thousand high school and 1.1 Million Primary school candidates will be the most hit by the Coronavirus pandemic, those in lower classes will also be affected since they will be forced to repeat classes come 2021.
According to the Ministry the reorganization of the 2020 academic calendar meant there will be Two Form One class cohorts in the 2021 academic calendar and learners in Grade 1 to 4; Standard 5 to 7; and from 1 to 3 in 2020, will remain in their current classes in 2021. Further announcing that there will be no KCPE and KCSE examinations in 2021 “because the current Standard 7 and Form 3 students will, practically, not be able to cover the curriculum load for five terms in one year and sit for the examinations.”
Prof. Magoha also said Teacher training colleges and TVET institutions will be allowed to reopen from September 2020 subject to strict adherence to the Ministry of Health COVID-19 protocols adding that Reopening of universities for face-to-face sessions will be on a case-by-case basis based on approved compliance with the Ministry of Health COVID-19 protocols.
The announcement comes as children in private and international schools continue with learning through digital platforms unlike their majority counterparts in Public schools who haven’t been able to access education since the government directed closure of all learning institutions in March this year.
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