President Uhuru Kenyatta has today on Monday 1st June signaled the gradual re-opening of schools after he directed Interior and Education ministries to move with speed and finalise guidelines in consultation with stakeholders.
The president hinted that one of the things to be taken into consideration is coming up with appropriate calendar for gradual opening of schools.
“I am hereby directing that the Ministry of Education fast tracks and finalizes ongoing consultations with all stake holders that will provide us with an appropriate calendar for the gradual resumption of education in the country'” said president Uhuru.
In his speech during the Madaraka Day celebrations held at State House, Nairobi, the head of state also said his heart is with the students who are preparing for national examinations amid the Covid-19 pandemic that took its toll on education.
He also noted that Covid-19 coronavirus is here to stay with us and that each individual should take personal initiative to keep it a bay. “This disease is here with us and every Kenyan must take the responsibility to ensure that all is well.”
The head of state further directed ministry of Interior to speed up engagement with religious leaders in a bid to develop protocols that will guide on way forward in way of worship.
“Kenya is a God-fearing nation; I have directed Interior and health ministries to continue and hasten their engagement with religious leaders with the objective of developing protocols that will guide a more participatory way of worship,” stated President Uhuru.
On Friday 29th May, the nine-member Education Response Committee on COVID-19 established to advise the government on the modalities of re-opening schools presented its report to Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha on Friday.
Though details on the recommendations of the report remain scanty, reliable sources have revealed that the task force proposed schools to be opened partially on September with candidates given priority.
The committee also proposes that Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) to be put off to February 2021.