Schools to reopen for 2020 third term in May

Education CS George Magoha [Photo: NMG]

Learners across the country will resume school for third term on 10th of May this year.

This is however with the exception of Grade IV and Form 1 learners.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said this is a hopeful plan that will be influenced with the trends of the pandemic, as well as the schools preparedness to adhere to the Health Ministry’s restriction guidelines.

Speaking while announcing the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education results on Thursday, Mr. Magoha urged parents to ensure students are also taking precaution in the wake of increased Covid infections.

He added that the school calendar will resume normalcy in the year 2023 if the measures put in place go according to plan.

In regards to the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination drive, the CS said that President Uhuru Kenyatta directed all teachers to get vaccinated irrespective of their age.

This morning, His Excellency the President directed that all teachers and support staff in our schools be allowed to take up the Covid-19 vaccination as part of the measures to ensure that our schools are safe from the virus,” said Magoha.

Previously, phase one of the vaccination had been restricted to frontline workers and persons above 50 years.

Meanwhile, the Teachers Service Commission CEO Nancy Macharia announced that close to 15 primary school teachers have died from Covid-19 since the first case was reported in the country in March 2020.

She however said the commission has now put in place, measures to protect all teachers from the virus.

First we instructed our medical health insurance provider to cover all teachers against Covid-related ailments which they have since complied with,” said Macharia.

This comes as the education sector anticipates to have teachers travel to Nairobi next week to mark the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams.

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