School Re-opening; CS Magoha Meets Education Stakeholders to Discuss on the School Calendar

George Magoha will this morning lead a stakeholders’ meeting, which seeks to work out
the 2021 academic calendar.

Learning was disrupted in
March, when the Covid-19
pandemic hit the country.
Prof Magoha has previously
stated that learners will con￾tinue from where they left.
Currently, Grade Four, Standard Eight and Form Four
learners are in session, having resumed for second term.

The government has also insisted the children are safer in
schools.
The meeting comes against
the backdrop of a presidential
directive that the ministry announces the 2021 academic
calendar at by end of this
month.

President Uhuru Kenyatta
has acknowledged the frustration of most parents, having
children at home for nearly an
entire year, but explained that
the government prioritises the
health and safety of learners.

“The Ministry of Education
will, within 14 days from the
date hereof, announce the
Meeting expected
to plan how best to
cater for millions of
learners who are
still out of school
holders and Boards of Management to continue to prepare
for re-opening around January
3,2021.

A new time table will be
worked out,” Magoha stated.
He said that the school time
table will also have to be reworked to ensure that learners
do not lose another academic
year due to the pandemic.

“The government plans to
meet education stakeholders soon, to map out how best
to plan for the children who
are still out of school,” he explained.
As far as examination classes
are concerned, Magoha said
teachers will continue to prepare the candidates for the exams.

The ministry last month
said Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and
Kenya Certificate of Secondary
Education (KCSE) exams will
be taken in March next year.
KCPE dates are scheduled
from March 22 to 24, while
KCPE will be taken from March
25 to April 16.

Rushed reopening

“We will prepare a timetable
which we will make public
soon, but will not be different
from the one we gave before,”
Magoha said yesterday.
The government has been on
the receiving end from some
quarters, who claim that the
decision to reopen schools was
rushed.

Full resumption

Several cases of Covid-19 in
schools have been reported
since learning for the three
classes resumed mid last
month.
However, the government
has insisted that schools will
not be closed.

Primary and secondary
head teachers are gearing up
for a tight 2021 school calendar, amid infrastructure strain
expected with full resumption
of learning in January

Magoha said a new timetable for next year will be worked
out. “Now that the government
has pronounced itself on reopening the rest of the schools,
I want to urge teachers, stakeholders and Boards of Management to continue to prepare
for re-opening around January
3,2021. A new time table will be
worked out,” Magoha stated.
He said that the school time
table will also have to be reworked to ensure that learners
do not lose another academic
year due to the pandemic.

“The government plans to
meet education stakeholders soon, to map out how best
to plan for the children who
are still out of school,” he explained.
As far as examination classes
are concerned, Magoha said
teachers will continue to prepare the candidates for the exams. The ministry last month
said Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and
Kenya Certificate of Secondary

 

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