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.
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.
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.
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.
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.