Education CS George Magoha. [Photo: The Standard]
September 21st 2020 – Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha will today receive another report from a sub-committee towards the reopening of schools. The subcommittee was relooking the possibilities of resumption of learning institutions in line with the health protocols amid the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
In the reports, schools will reopen on the 19th of October, while Standard Eight and Form Four Candidates will sit for their national examinations in April 2021. However, this is only if the government approves of the report.
With the disruption of the school calendar, the committee has also proposed to have the school year begin in June, instead of the routined January to November. It is said that learners will not repeat classes, although the plan on how to implement the new school calendar, remains questionable to date.
Further unconfirmed reports, indicate that, the academic calendar will be altered, such that the second term starts in October and ends in November, and the third term starts in January and ends in March. This also means that, the first term in the 2021 calendar, will begin in May or Early June.
Speaking over the weekend Mr. Magoha hinted that teachers should be ready to return to school earlier than January 2021, as it has been planned before, thus giving unconfirmed speculations that school might actually reopen next month.
Even so, with the much-anticipated schools reopening, the Education CS still insists on adhering to the set Covid-19 directives. Recently, the CS released further Covid-19 guidelines.
“We must ensure the safety of the learners, thus all learning institutions should have adequate, clean, and well-maintained toilets. All food handlers shall undergo asymptomatic screening for Covid-19, those with symptoms of COVID-19, should be allowed to seek medical attention,” said Magoha.