After months of speculations and uncertainties over the resumption of learning in Kenyan schools, learners now have a reason to smile as CS Magoha says schooling reopening is not cast on stone.
Education Cabinet secretary George Magoha has declared that the Ministry is underway in preparations for reopening of schools and has asked parents to brace themselves for earlier school resumption date.
The CS on Friday 28th August while on a readiness preparedness visit at Wote Technical Training College stated that the Covid-19 committee will meet and determine school opening dates if the curve flattens in a continuous period of between two to three weeks.
In his sentiments Magoha hinted that the current reduced positive cases is a good indicator that may lead to early school reopening.
“We are observing the curve and when it hits 5% in the next three weeks, we then can sit down and make hard decisions together.
“We really must get our children to schools. We want to see whether we can reopen earlier and conditions will determine,” Magoha alerted.
However, he insisted that the final decision of whether the schools will reopen sits with the president.
Magoha further criticised technical and vocational training institutions countrywide for their unpreparedness for resumption.
He urged institution heads to rely on youths under the Kazi Mtaani initiative to prepare schools as they offered cheap labour rather than having schools incur extra costs.
The World health Organization and UNICEF have in the recent weeks called upon countries to consider reopening schools. They have warned that long period of school going children staying at home has a negative effect on children.
The sentiments from the education CS comes at a time KNEC report has revealed that Kenya’s learners in primary schools’ Grade 3 are able to solve most of the tasks given to them under the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC), according to a new report by the national examinations council.
The findings were released after Knec introduced a tool of formative assessment before it rolled out the national 2019 Monitoring of Learners’ Progress (MLP) at the end of Grade 3.
A total of 1,282,150 Grade 3 learners in the regular and Special Needs Education (SNE) schools in the 47 counties enrolled for the assessment. These learners were the first cohort to be assessed under the new curriculum.