Learners will have to stay home for a few more months following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s announcement that schools will re-open in September.
President Kenyatta, while addressing the nation over the weekend, said he expects progressive normalcy to resume in the education sector by September 1 and directed the Education Ministry to consult with the Health experts so as to come up with a new calendar by mid-August.
“Following stakeholder’s consultations in the education sector – the Ministry of Education jointly with the Ministry of Health will issue and publicise guidelines on a gradual and progressive return to normalcy in the education sector by the Third Term, from 1st September 2020,” he said
The president maintained that cases of corona virus are rising in the country and spreading in the counties while preparedness measures remain minimal and it is therefore unrealistic to open up the country.
“I have applied my mind to the different scenarios presented by our experts. And I have reconciled myself to the fact that to ‘open’ or not to ‘open’ is not a dilemma between a right and a wrong. It is a dilemma between two rights,” president Kenyatta further added.
All learning institutions in the country were closed in mid-March, two weeks before schools closed for the April holiday, after Kenya reported her first three Covid-19 cases.
The education ministry had earlier expressed hopes of re-opening schools in June depending on the outcomes of the the corona virus pandemic.
National Education Response Committee Report on schools Reopening
The Covid-19 National Education Response Committee had a week prior to president Kenyatta’s address submitted their final report on school reopening to CS George Magoha.
The report provides guidelines on the reopening of primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities.
The committee had in its preliminary report recommended that schools be reopened in September.
The report by the Covid-19 Education Response Committee, which is chaired by Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development Council chairperson Sara Ruto, further recommends that national exams, scheduled for November be administered in February 2021.