A section of leaders from the North-Eastern Region dismissed assertions by Education CS George Magoha that online learning is underway across the country.
The Economic Freedom Party Chairperson Issak Abey and National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said that learners in the region could not access the lessons being offered through online platforms, TV, and radio.
Duale stated that the ongoing rains had forced various families to flee their homes and camp in nearby primary schools for safety, thus giving the learners a hard time to continue learning from home.
“Flood victims are now using schools in Garissa, and there is no radio… Let the CS come out clearly and tell us about this exam he is not going to postpone; it’s like he knows when Coronavirus is going to end,” Duale added.
Mr. Abey said in a statement that the learners from the region were the most affected by the Covid-19 crisis since they could not access the platforms Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) uses to offer virtual studies.
He added that it would not be fair for learners to be subjected to national exams with the rest of the country because learning was interrupted in January after the mass transfer of non-local teachers from the region.
According to Abey, the situation in North-Eastern is worse since most of the learners in the area could not access the internet, TV, or radio. He said the learners would not be able to cover the whole syllabus even if the schools were to be opened by next month.
Learners across the country have lost about two months of their study time after schools were closed in a bid to curb the spread of Coronavirus.
Schools were all shut down on 15 March 2020, and the ministry has also extended the closure by a month.
Abey urged the ministry to find a clear roadmap on how the schools in the region would catch up with other learners across the country before they are subjected to national exams.