President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed that basic education classes resume face to face learning in January 2021.
Addressing the nation on Wednesday, November 4, after Chairing the Sixth Extraordinary Session of the National and County Governments Co-ordinating Summit, President Uhuru said that students who had resumed classes would continue learning but under heightened measured.
“I direct that basic education to resume in January 2021. As we prepare for this reopening, I encourage MPs to engaged CDF boards to augment existing interventions geared towards the reopening of schools,” President Uhuru said.
This however is in contrary to the proposal by education stakeholders who had proposed that the in-person learning for three more classes, Grade 3, Standard 7 and Form 3 learners to resume in three weeks.
The President noted that a lot has changed since he made the decision to reopen the country adding that the country experienced a serious reversal on the gains, that it had made in curbing the spread of COVID-19.
He said that the Covid-19 positivity rate which was at 4% in September has shot up to 16%.
“When we made the decision to reopen the country, we had flattened the curve to below 5% positivity rate….38 days later after reopening of the economy, we have experienced a reversal of our gains. The infection rate has gone up 140%. Positivity rate is now at 16%.”
“In September, if one person was positive…in October it means four people have tested positive. That is almost three times the rate. This increase is in 38 days,” the President said.