Schools Reopening dates in Kenya: The Ministry of Education has cancelled the academic year for pre-primary, primary and secondary schools. Now, these classes will open in January 2021.
Education CS George Magoha says all basic learning institutions will re-open in January 2021 when Covid-19 curve is expected to have flattened.
The ministry has also announced the cancellation of the 2020 KCPE and KCSE examinations.
Upon reopening of the schools, learners will remain in their current 2020 classes. According to Education cabinet secretary George Magoha, KCPE and KCSE candidates for 2020 will sit their exams later next year while the school calendar of this year will be considered lost due to COVID-19.
“In consultation with Ministry of Health we have agreed schools to reopen when daily COVID-19 cases reduce consistently for 14 days. Social and physical distancing is the most critical factor in ensuring safety of learners,” said CS Magoha.
He noted that Inter-county movement of students will cause severe challenges with high incidents of infections.
“We are happy to inform Kenyans that the president accepted the recommendations. Based on this disturbing trend of COVID-19 cases rising steadily, Education stakeholders have shelved the initial proposal to reopen schools in September for Class 8 and Form 4 learners.” Magoha Stated
These announcement means there shall be no KCPE for the year 2020. KCPE and KCSE candidates for 2020 will sit their exams later next year. The school calendar of this year will be considered lost due to COVID-19.
Magoha while addressing the nation on Tuesday 7th July said that all learners in Grade 1-4, class 5-7 and form 1-3 in 2020 will remain in their current classes in 2021. He stated that there will be no KCPE & KCSE exams in the later part of 2021.He noted that It will be practically impossible for class 7 & form 3 students to cover 5-month syllabus in a year