COVID-19 national education response committee
Aware that coronavirus pandemic effects have hurt the basic education sector the most threatening to wipe out the gains made to stabilize the academic calendar the Ministry of Education has come up with measures to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in the education sector, including mounting of online learning and the drafting of a master-plan to guide the response to COVID-19 in the education sector.
In addition, the Ministry has appointed a ten-member committee to take charge of the process of exploring the best possible strategies of restoring normality in the sub-sector. The Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development Chairperson Dr. Sarah Ruto is set to chair the COVID-19 Education Response Committee whose work starts with immediate effect.
Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha launched the team Tuesday at the KICD, Nairobi that is meant to look into the reopening of schools following the coronavirus pandemic.
The committee includes Indimuli Kahi Chairman Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association, Nicholas Gathemia Chairman, Kenya Primary Schools Heads Association, Peter Ndoro CEO, Kenya Private Schools Association, Nicholas Maiyo Chairman, Kenya Parents Association.
The team also includes Augustine Muthigani Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, Jane Mwangi Kenya Association for Independent International Schools, Nelson Makanda National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), Sheikh Munawar Khan Muslim Education Council, Mutiso T. Wambua Principal, Kenya Institute for Special Education and Peter Sitienei Chairman, Kenya Special Schools Heads Association.
Upon the outbreak of the COVID-19 in Kenya, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the closure of all schools and other learning institutions on March 15th, 2020 as part of the measures to control the spread of the virus.