President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha to announce the 2021 academic calendar with 14 days.
Speaking during the State of the Nation Address at parliament on Thursday, November 11, President Uhuru directed Magoha to lay out the guidelines for resumption of face to face learning for other classes which are expected to report back to school in January 2021.
“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.”
“The gradual and phased reopening of schools that began with the examination classes is being carefully monitored at all levels so as to ensure that our young Kenyans are safe and secure as they continue preparing for their national examinations,” the president stated.
The President also assured Kenyans that the journey to replace the 8.4.4 system with Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) was well underway and the government is on course of implementing it.
“In January last year, we successfully commenced the roll-out of the Competency Based Curriculum, an exercise, which, while not without its challenges, is one that has nevertheless been fully embraced by all stakeholders in the education sector.”
“I assure this distinguished sitting that the journey to replace the 8.4.4 system with the new fit-for-purpose curricula, is well underway, and refinements are being undertaken in the course of implementation,” Uhuru stated.
The Head of State further highlighted that the government have achieved 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary schools for the second-year running.
“I am pleased to report to this House that for the second year running we have been able to achieve a transition rate of 100% from primary to secondary school,” he added.