School set for October 19 reopening

School Reopening Proposed Date Set for October 19

With the covid-19 positive cases significantly dropping by the day, there is finally hope that primary and secondary school learners will return to class in October subject to the Education CS George Magoha adoption of Covid-19 Education Emergency Response Committee’s report.

The committee chaired by Sarah Ruto has presented a raft of recommendations that will see a complete overhaul of the Kenyan academic year.

Local newspaper Daily Nation reports that the Sarah led committee have settled on Monday, October 19, 2020 as start of phased reopening of schools.

Schools set to reopen in October 19
CS Education, Prof George Magoha at Mawego Technical Training Institute. Assessing the level of preparedness amid corona virus pandemic. Image/Courtesy

With priority given to KCSE and KCPE candidates, the new proposals will see form four and class eight pupils resume learning from October 19.

The Education Committee further recommends that no learners should repeat classes even as Mogoha has set Monday, September 21 for the committee to present him with their findings.

Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) head Sarah Ruto has proposed for the scrapping off of the old calendar year which runs from January to November.

The new proposals will see learners begin their calendar year in June with National Exams set for April 2021.

This means that learners will begin their second term in October and their third term in January.

School re-opening set for October 19
Briefing session cum committee launch on Locally Assembled desks for schools in Busia County at Chakol Girls Secondary school. In attendance were the teams from the county and Subcounties. Image/Courtesy

With Mogoha expected to adopt the recommendations of the report tomorrow, schools are making last minute rushes to fully comply with Ministry of Health protocols for curbing the spread of coronavirus.

Already, the Education Ministry has given the green light to college and university heads to set their reopening dates after complying with all the covid-19 protocols.

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In early June, the CS had maintained that schools would remain shut until the Ministry of Health provided guidance through the National Emergency Response Committee on Covid-19.

The Education Minsitry says that it has budgeted 1.9 billion shillings for school furniture as the ministry seeks to implement safe social distancing for learners.

School reopening set for October 19
CS Education Prof George Magoha and PS for Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang take part in the ground breaking ceremony of the 100million Eluid Kipchoge Library at Kapsisiywa Primary school. Image/Courtesy

More than 622, 000 lockers and chairs are expected to be supplied to all public primary and secondary schools by October 19 to fill additional learning spaces in dining halls and other school facilities.



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