Schools to begin phased reopening on October 12

Schools will reopen on October 12, 2020, as the primary and secondary school learners seek to bounce back in the new education calendar.

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha has announced that Grade 4, Class 8 and Form 4 learners will resume learning under adherence with the Covid-19 health protocols.

“Education CS George Magoha has announced the reopening of schools for Grade 4, Class 8 and Form Four learners on Monday, 12th. October, 2020,” the Ministry said in a tweet on Tuesday.

In the new education calendar, the learners will be in class for 11 weeks in second term, then they will close for one week and resume third term for another 11 weeks before sitting for the examinations.

The CS revealed that the State may be forced to meet the full cost of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations to ensure that learners are not inconvenienced.

KCPE examination will begin on March 22, 2021 and last three days while KCSE will begin on April 16, 2021 and will last three weeks.

To ensure observance of the health safety protocols, the State has directed that teachers, learners and other staff members are required to put on their face masks, and must be subjected to temperature screening before entering the institutions.

Prof Magoha said that schools had been directed to provide sanitisers in cases where there are no taps with running water. He however acknowledged that observing social distance is a challenge that most learning institutions would have to face.

“Although physical distancing will remain a challenge, it should not be used as a bottleneck to keep any child away from school,” he said.

The CS added that beside this is the ongoing fumigation of schools earlier used to quarantine Covid-19 suspected patients.

The directive comes after the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) ordered teachers back to school last week Monday citing the need for preparations. Commissions CEO Dr nancy Macharia revealed that the move was to enable teachers to start preparations for the phased reopening of schools.

University and college students have also opened as the senates and councils are being directed to ensure that they institutions strictly observe the health protocols.

In the recent statement from the Ministry of Education, Prof Magoha announced that university and TVET institutions were required to ensure that they had arrangements with nearby Covid-19 facilities to deal with the probable cases.

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