It is now official that learning will not resume this year as early directed by president Uhuru. This is following Ministry of Education move to declare the 2020 academic year lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic hence implying that all primary and secondary schools will now reopen in January next year.
Education CS Professor Magoha while addressing the press from KICD Nairobi, said the move was arrived at following the recommendation by all the stakeholders who had participated in earlier consultations on the reopening of learning institutions.
Magoha also noted that the ministry of education has decided not to proceed with the initial proposal to partially reopen schools in September for Standard Eight and Form Four candidate
“Based on this disturbing trend, stakeholders have shelved an initial proposal to reopen basic education learning institutions in September for Standard Eight and Form Four candidate classes,” said CS Magoha.
Prof. Magoha said the 2020 Standard 8 and Form 4 candidates will now sit their KCPE and KCSE examinations respectively later in the year of 2021.
The CS stated that all learners in Grade 1 to 4 and Standard 5 to 7 as well as Form 1 to 3 in 2020 will remain in their current classes in 2021.
He also said 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.”
Teacher Training Colleges, TVET and Universities
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.
The Ministry of Education will issue a comprehensive circular on the reopening dates while the Kenya National Examinations Council will issue revised examination timetables.
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.
Magoha also advised Universities to continue holding virtual learning and graduations for students who have successfully completed their programmes and met graduation requirements set by their respective Senates.
He further noted that universities can consider phased reopening to achieve physical and social distancing, especially in halls of residence, lecture rooms and dining halls.