CS Magoha appoints 10-member team to advice on school reopening


Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has formed a 10 member task force to advise on schools’ reopening following the Covid-19 pandemic.

The task force will be exploring possible ways to restore normalcy in the academic calendar of basic education in the country.

In a statement released by Education Ministry, the team, led by Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development Chairperson Sarah Ruto, will commence work immediately.

Other task force members include; Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association Chairperson Indimuli Kahi, Kenya Primary Schools Heads Association Chairperson Nicholas Gathemia, Kenya Private Schools Association CEO Peter Ndoro, and Kenya Parents Association Chairperson Nicholas Maiyo.

The team also includes; National Council of Churches of Kenya’s Nelson Makanda, Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops Augustine Muthigani, Muslim Education Council’s Sheikh Munawar Khan, Kenya Special Schools Heads Association Chairperson Peter Sitienei and Kenya Association for Independent International Schools’ Jane Mwangi.

Magoha last week stated that the reopening of schools depended on how the Coronavirus crisis is managed.

The CS, while appearing before the Parliamentary Education Committee said that irrespective of what is said, the pandemic must first be controlled, after which everything would follow.

“All these questions will depend on how the government will control the pandemic,” he noted.

Going by the measures presented by the Education Ministry on how the State would make up for the lost time, schools were to reopen in May.

CS Magoha earlier extended the closure of schools by one more month from 4 May 2020 to 4 June 2020.

President Uhuru Kenyatta last month hinted at a partial reopening of schools and also dismissed claims that KCSE and KCSE could be canceled.

Uhuru added that the Ministry of Education was working on ways to enable the candidates to take their exams.

Since schools closed on 15 March 2020 due to the Coronavirus epidemic, and the future of candidates has been a topic of discussion, drawing different opinions from the leaders, members of the public, and parents, thus causing anxiety.

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