Dr. Nancy Macharia, the Teachers Service Commission CEO, has ordered all the teachers to report back to schools on Monday the 28th of September to prepare for the reopening of Schools.
The TSC CEO was addressing the media after attending the education stakeholders meeting at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development in Nairobi. This meeting had been convened by the Cabinet Secretary of Education Prof George Magaha, to deliberate on Dr. Sarah Ruto’s 10-member team recommendations to reopen schools on October 19, 2020.
“We have deliberated on this as a committee and we are asking our teachers to report back to school on Monday the 28th of September to prepare for the eventual reopening of schools,’ said Dr. Macharia. “I want to thank the great teachers of this country, for the great work they have been doing. They have been assisting our students to navigate this Covid-19 pandemic”, added Nancy Macharia.
The CEO assured Kenyans that teachers are very much prepared to teach and recover the lost time. Nancy Macharia’s orders is a likely indication that the Ministry of Education will adopt Dr. Sarah Ruto’s task force recommendations.
The committee suggested that primary school pupils in standards 7 and 8, and the secondary school students in form 3 and 4, be the first to reopen schools on the 19th of October 2020. Then, form 1 and form 2 students would follow suit to reopen two weeks later on November 2. Dr. Sarah Ruto’s team further suggested that another cadre of Primary school learners from pre-primary one to class six to reopen on Monday 2nd in November 2020.
Among the recommendations by the committee, the second term for the 2020 school calendar should start next month the October and end in late November. The third term, on the other hand, begins in January 2021 and runs until March 2021. With these recommendations, the 2021 academic calendar should then begin from either May or June next year. The latest task-force’s recommendations will be a reprieve to many students who did not like the idea of repeating the class.
KCSE AND KCPE EXAMINATION DATES
2020 KCPE and KCSE Exams to be Administered in April 2021 Pertaining to the national examinations, Dr. Ruto’s committee recommends that both the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) be done in April 2021. Present during the media brief included the Cabinet Secretary of Education, Prof George Magoha, and all the education stakeholders.