The Ministry of Education has finally put to rest the suspense over schools by announcing reopening dates.
In a newsletter to newsrooms, Education CS, George Magoha finally opened primary classroom doors after a six-month COVID-enforced break.
Schools to begin next week
“Pursuant to the Presidential Directive issued during the Twelfth (12th) Presidential Address to the Nation on the Coronavirus Pandemic on Monday 28th September 2020, and following broad-based education stakeholder consultations; the Ministry of Education notifies the public that the progressive reopening of schools will commence with Grade 4 (Competency-Based Curriculum Class), Class 8 and Form 4 on Monday, 12th October 2020.” Magoha said in the press release.
The Grade 4, Class 8 and Form 4 will begin their second term on the 12th of October and break for holidays on 23rd December. The holidays will be for just a week, with the third term beginning on 1st January 2021.
Exam dates and other directives
For term three, the classes will begin from 4th January to 19th March. KCPE exams for class 8 will take place between 22nd to 23rd March. KCSE, meanwhile, will take place from 25th March to 16th April.
Cs Magoha has also directed that schools should link with the nearest health facility before reopening. Wearing of face masks and checking the body temperatures of students are mandatory.
Furthermore, the Education Ministry revealed that they had met all the cost of both KCPE and KCSE candidates.
“The government has already met the full costs of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations for all candidates,” Magoha said.
The Ministry had directed teachers to first report to schools on September 28th to put things in order before students reported.
The Ministry opened tertiary institutions on Monday this week.
However, a section of parents has decried the short period given to them to prepare for the reopening. Many have suffered job losses and pay cuts. This means then, adjusting so soon to paying fees will stretch many Kenyans.