Since the Reopening of schools remained a big puzzle to solve for s long time, the education cabinet secretary Prof. George Magoha was charged with the responsibility of issuing a detailed education calendar for the academic years 2020 and 2021.
This is due to the Closure of schools in March 2020 following the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic. Schools were closed for seven months before grade 4, class 8, and form 4 students were asked to reopen. It was then expected that the other remaining students would be asked to go to school in January 2020 but there was no clear calendar. The transition was also seen as a threat.
According to the report, all schools Education Calendar will fully reopen on 4 January 2020. The CS added that the government has enough masks in stock to cater to the Student’s safety.
Education Calendar; All schools to open on January 4th, 2021. Teachers aged 58 and above have been exempted from school and will work from home. Students will go for 7 weeks break to allow the National examination in 2021. pp1 and 2, grades 1,2,3 and Forms 1,2,3. Sec. term will run from 4th Jan – 19th March. Grade 4 and form 1 will stay home while other learners complete their 3rd term. Grade 4 CBC learners will transition to grade 5 in July.– Education CS George Magoha
He retaliated on what he has always said that schools are the safest place for the students. This he said even though Covid-19 cases are still on the rise.
This also follows what president Kenyatta said last week concerning the resumption of basic education classes which he firmly stated would resume in January 2020 with or without Covid-19 cases in the country.
The ministry of education’s decision is however against what other countries have done. Many countries still have their schools closed. This is due to the second wave of Covid-19 Infections.
Even with the announcement by the CS, many people are still not confident about the Reopening of schools before Covid-19 becomes a past tense in the country.