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New opening dates for colleges announced

With the upcoming KNEC examinations scheduled for July, the Ministry of Education has announced the changes in opening dates for colleges.

TVET Principal Secretary Margaret Mwakima released a circular directing all Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges to kick off online learning on 7th April. The previous schedule had indicated that learning would start on 26th April.

The PS explained that they had to make the changes to accommodate Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) exams. The exams are to take place in July this year.

“Taking into consideration the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) exams due in July, we have reviewed the date for all TVET institutions to start online classes to 6th April,” the circular reads in part.

Mrs. Mwakima also said that the Ministry of Education had put in place strategies to ensure the institution’s smooth running.

On 26th March, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed that all physical learning should stop until further notice. He only exempted KCPE and KCSE candidates. Following the announcement, the Ministry of Education announced the TVETs online learning would start on 26th April.

The President issued new directives in an attempt to stop the spread of Covid-19. The third wave of the virus proved to be more fatal compared to the last two.

“In respect to education in Kenya, there shall be an immediate suspension of all ongoing physical learning in all our institutions. This includes universities and tertiary and vocational colleges. Candidates sitting for the examinations and those in medical training institutions will continue learning until otherwise notified,” Uhuru announced at the time.

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