Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has announced that Pre-primary, Primary and Secondary schools will reopen in January 2021 owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the CS, Covid-19 cases in the country are rising by day and social distancing remains the most effective means of controling the spread of the virus.
“In consultation with Ministry of Health we have agreed schools to reopen when daily COVID-19 cases reduce consistently for 14 days. Social and physical distancing is the most critical factor in ensuring safety of learners,” Magoha said.
Learners to Repeat Classes
Magoha further announced that the school calendar for the year 2020 will be considered lost due to Covid-19, consequently, all learners will remain in their current classes when schools resume in 2021.
The CS also maintained that the directive applies to all children, both in public, private and international schools.
Covid-19 – 2020 KCPE, KCSE Cancelled
The 2020 class eight and form four candidates will also not be sitting for the national exams as is the norm.
KCSE and KCPE exams have been pushed to later next year.
President Uhuru Kenyatta had directed that all learning institutions be closed in March, following the announcement of the first corona virus cases in the country.
The government had earlier expressed hopes that schools would tentatively re-open in September.