Ministry of Education Proposes New Dates For School Reopening and National Exams

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It has been close to three months since the schools closed due to the fear of COVID-19. Parents have been worried about the reopening of schools as the KCSE and KCPE exams are nearing and the students have not had enough time to prepare adequately. The Ministry fo education came under immense pressure to come up with ways in which students can continue learning virtually and to publicly declare when the schools will reopen.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha today met with the Covid-19 Education Response Committee, a special task force appointed by the government to work alongside the Ministry of Education to deliberate on the way forward about on the new school calendar that has caused anxiety among parents and learners.

The committee has proposed the reopening of schools in September, with KCPE and KCSE examinations to be taken in February next year. The committee also recommended that the 1.8 million Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates be given priority to report to schools in September this year. Postpone to 2021 will allow the schools to recover the lost learning time.

For the rest of the students, the will report at least two weeks after the schools have adjusted government directives on preventing the spread of COVID-19 including social distancing. This proposal reiterates the recommendations made by the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Puppet) that school reopening should be subject to COVID-19 infection trend. The committee now wants the Ministry of Education to thoroughly engage education stakeholders on the school calendar and other interventions.