A Big Blow To Learners, Teachers, And Parents
The Ministry of Education led by the Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha has today announced notified the public that reopening of learning institutions will reopen in 2021 January following the Presidents’ directive to notify the public on the resumption of learning for basic education and tertiary Institutions.
In regard to this, stakeholders have shelved an initial proposal to reopen basic education learning institutions in September for Standard Eight and Form Four candidate classes because of the following reasons:
- There will be Two Form One class cohorts in 2021 academic
- All learners in Grade 1 to 4; Standard 5 to 7; and Form 1 to 3 in 2020, will remain in their current classes in 2021
- There will be no KCPE and KCSE examinations in 2021 because the current Standard 7 and Form 3 students will, practically, not be able to cover the curriculum load for 5 Terms in one year and sit for the examinations
- The number of teachers required will increase because secondary schools will have the challenge of having enough teachers, especially for optional subjects, to meet the demand of split classes.
- Inter-county movement of students in boarding schools will pose a challenge, especially for those traveling from Nairobi, Mombasa, and other counties with a high incidence of infection. This will contribute to a spike in the spread of infections
The implications of this resolution are that there will be no KCPE and KCSE examinations in 2020, 2020 Standard Eight and Form Four cohorts will sit their examinations in 2021 and the 2020 school calendar year will be considered lost due to COVID-19 restrictions
Teacher training colleges and TVET institutions will be allowed to reopen from September 2020 subject to strict adherence to the Ministry of Health COVID-19 protocols.
The Ministry of Education will issue a comprehensive circular on the reopening dates while the Kenya National Examinations Council will issue revised examination timetables.
Reopening of universities for face-to-face sessions will be on a case-by-case basis based on approved compliance with the Ministry of Health COVID-19 protocols. Universities should continue holding virtual learning and graduations for students who have successfully completed their programs and met graduation requirements set by their respective Senates.
Universities should consider phased reopening to achieve physical and social distancing, especially in halls of residence, lecture rooms, and dining halls.