Education CS, George Magoha, will be holding a crisis meeting today to discuss on the way forward on schools reopening.
In the meeting to take place at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, the stakeholders will address the confusion surrounding schools reopening.
In the letter calling for the meeting, Prof Magoha invited all education stakeholders, with a specific address on schools reopening.
Propositions on reopening schools
Among the proposals that are in place is reopening schools to candidates (KCSE and KCPE). They would wind the syllabus this term, then sit for the exams in January next year.
Heads of private schools, meanwhile, have urged the government to reopen schools. They claim that they are ready to reopen by October for the finalist students.
KNUT faults move
However, Kenya National Union of Teachers SG, Wilson Sossion, has opposed any suggestions of reopening schools, even if it was just to accommodate candidates.
Sossion faulted the urge to reopen schools, stating that the schools were not ready to reopen. He further went on to state that at the rate at which things were moving, even January was too optimistic.
“We think, at the rate in which the sector is moving, the country and schools will not be ready for resumption in January, that is the truth in terms of preparations.”
He called on the CS to address the level of preparedness in today’s meeting.
School heads call for more preparations
Meanwhile, the chairman of Kenya Secondary School Heads Association, Indimuli Kahi, supported candidates returning to school in October. They also proposed that February be the earliest that they could do examinations.
Kahi also faulted lack of preparations in learning institutions, thus, making complete reopening all but impossible.
“There is no preparation that has been done in schools since they closed and how then will we be able to accommodate the other students?” asked Kahi.