Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha [photo: Education News Hub]
Nov, 13th 2020 – Education CS George Magoha has called for crisis talks with stakeholders on November 16th to review the 2021 academic calendar.
Speaking in Machakos, Magoha said that the meeting will also deliberate on how the exams will be tackled for the other classes which are not due for national exams deferred to March. He said, “This is where we shall also discuss and affirm exactly now the time table for exams and the roadmap for next year and as you are aware the children will go back in January next year and as they come back they need a timetable.”
This comes a day after, President Uhuru Kenyatta said, his administration is committed, to ensure learning resumes in January. President Uhuru Kenyatta gave the Ministry of Education 14 days to provide the 2021 school calendar. Addressing the Nation, he said, “As a parent and a grandparent, I share in the pain and frustration of most parents in having our children home for nearly an entire year. However, as a responsible Government we put the health and safety of the Children as the paramount consideration.”
Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams are set to commence on 22nd of March, 2021 and end on the 24th of March, 2021. Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examinations (KCSE) are expected to start on the 25th of March, 2021 and end on 16th of April, 2021.
Magoha said that all schools will be required to adhere strictly to several protocols and guidelines including the mandatory use of face masks, observing high levels of hygiene and monitoring the body temperature. He said, “Although physical distancing will remain a challenge, it should not be used as a bottleneck to keep any child away from school.”