Education Ministry has recalled all its officials on leave urging them to resume duty and prepare for the full reopening of schools set for January 4, 2021.
The Education Principal Secretary Dr Belio Kipsang sent a circular to newsrooms instructing the officers to resume duty to ensure smooth reopening of schools. According to the PS, the move is a way of beefing up the efforts to ensure that there are enough personnel for the reopening exercise.
Those affected include regional, county and sub county educational directors, who are also expected to work closely with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to monitor the process.
“Work closely with the National Government Administrative Officers (NGAOs) – Regional County Commissioners, County Commissioners, Deputy County Commissioners, Assistant County Commissioners, Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs – to ensure children who fail to report to school are immediately traced and brought back to school,” Kisang said in the circular
He acknowledged the looming challenge of fostering containment measures but emphasized that there will be no gaps left.
“Though social distancing will be a challenge, ensure strict adherence to the health and safety protocols and guidelines by schools. Intensify monitoring of the re-opening process,” he said.
The directive comes just a day after the Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha said that all preparations are in place to administer the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exams come March next year.
Magoha who was speaking at Roysambu Primary School in Nairobi urged parents to continue preparing the children for the examinations.
“The examinations are now ready and are very simple. Let parents encourage their children to continue preparing. I must also applaud the teachers for the manner in which they have covered the time table, “he said.
Over 1.9 million candidates are expected to sit for KCSE and KCPE examinations slated for March 2021.
Magoha said the ministry had all the requisite arrangements to combat challenges triggered by the prowling Covid-19 pandemic when schools reopen fully.
He said: “There may be challenges when we re-open, but we shall altogether deal with them as they come. This is a very serious issue and people should stop politicising it because Covid-19 is here to stay and we must adapt.”
But the CS cautioned parents that not all pupils will get the face masks. According to him, most families can afford Sh100 face masks.