Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has announced that schools will not reopen this year. He further made it clear that all schools will resume on January 2021, contrary to prior plans to open schools on 1st Septemeber 2020.
According to Magoha, the increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the country triggered this decision. He, however, acknowledged that this decision would severely affect students seeing that they will lose a learning year.
“Based on the rising trend, we agreed to shelve classes. The country will be severely affected as all other children will lose the year.”
The CS further noted that it would be hard to achieve social distancing in schools. Magoha made known that his ministry and the ministry of health found out that reducing the number of pupils per class will affect learning.
” It shall be impossible to achieve social distancing. In consultation with the Ministry of Health, stakeholders agreed that reducing physical numbers in classes will affect learning.”
We will reopen if the cases go down consistently for two weeks.
The CS also recommended that schools should only reopen if the coronavirus infection curve goes down for 14 days consistently.
“schools should only resume if cases reduce consistently for 14 days and social and physical distancing is the most critical factor in ensuring the safety of learners, handwashing and using masks, and monitoring temperature will be crucial too,” Magoha said.
The CS further clarified that the decision not to open schools meant that students would not sit for national exams. 2020 KCPE and KCSE candidates will sit for the exams come 2021. According to Magoha, this decision affects every student, including those undertaking International curriculums.
However, TVETS and colleges will reopen in September but only after following the strict COVID-19 guidelines. Magoha added that the ministry of education would announce the 2021 calendar year in due time. He further insisted that the 2020 year is already lost due to the coronavirus pandemic in the country.