Schools set for phased reopening in November.

Magoha Releases New 2021 Academic Calendar

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has announced the 2021 academic calendar.

Speaking after chairing a meeting of education stakeholders at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KCID) on Monday, November 16, Magoha announced that all schools to be re-opened on January 4, 2021 and the term will end on March 19.

The CS said that Grade 4 Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) learners will transition to Grade 5 in July 2021 and all four-year olds will also be able to join PP1 in July 2021.

“All schools will reopen fully on 4th Jan 2021. All four-year-olds will join PP1 in July 2021 while all PP1 and 2, Grade 1, 2 and 3 Class 5, 6 and 7 and Form 1, 2 and 3 will start their second term on the 4th of January and end on the 19th of March together with the examination classes. Grade 4 CBC learners will transition to grade 5 in July,” Magoha said.

The CS also stated that the ministry has enough masks in stock but don’t mind getting extra from other stakeholders.

Learners in class. Photo/Courtesy

Magoha maintained that the government would draw lessons from the partial re-opening which began in October to create the safest possible environment for learners and teachers.

“I wish to assure that the government is preparing for a safe reopening…We remain confident that we remain on the right trajectory to find a winning formula,” he stated.

Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has also asked teachers aged above 58 years and with pre-existing conditions urged to work from home.

“Teachers aged 58 years & above & those with pre-existing conditions should stay at home. As this is a Presidential directive, your employers will not sack you. TSC has negotiated for teachers to be covered for COVID-19 related illnesses,” TSC CEO Nancy Macharia said.

The meeting followed a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta for full resumption of learning by January.

TSC boss Nancy Macharia in a press briefing on Monday, September 21 says teachers to report back to school from September 28
TSC boss Nancy Macharia in a press briefing. Image/Courtesy

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, November 12 ordered Magoha to announce the 2021 academic calendar with 14 days.

Speaking during the State of the Nation Address at parliament, President Uhuru directed Magoha to lay out the guidelines for resumption of face to face learning for other classes.

“The Ministry of Education will, within 14 days from the date hereof announce the 2021 Academic Calendar, with all other classes expected to resume learning in January 2021.” Uhuru said.

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