Education CS George Magoha has released the official re-opening of schools timeline for the year 2020/2021 post covid-19. Below is how schools are expected to re-open.
Basic Education (Secondary and Primary Schools)
Education stakeholders that have been meeting to discuss on re-opening of schools concluded that re-opening of primary and secondary schools in September 2020 is not viable as it will be impossible to achieve social distancing. Then again, students traveling to schools if they re-open in September 2020 will contribute to a spike in covid-19 cases.
Therefore, re-opening of schools for basic institutions (Secondary and Primary schools) is postponed to January 2021 for public, private and international schools. This means that:
- 2020 school calendar is considered lost. That is, it will not count.
- There shall be no KCPE and KCSE in the year 2020.
- 2020 KCPE and KCSE candidates will sit for their exams late in the year 2021.
Teacher Training Colleges and TVET institutions
College and TVET institutions will be allowed to re-open from September 2020 subject to adherence to covid-19 protocols. Learning institutions that are not able to regulate themselves shall remain closed.
Universities will be allowed to re-open if they meet the ministry of education requirements. This will mean inspecting each university to establish whether it meets the requirements for re-opening. Members of the University Senate and Faculty are required to agree on how they will do a gradual re-opening.
Each University shall make their own arrangements on re-opening dates.
Remote and Home Based Learning
On Home schooling, Education CS George Magoha indicated that teachers are allowed to assemble children and teach them at their homes as long as they are observing covid-19 guidelines set by the ministry of health.