UPDATE Monday September 21: Primary and Secondary School teachers will be expected to report to their respective schools from Monday, September 28 to prepare for the eventual re-opening.
Education Response Committee chaired by Sara Ruto of the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) reccomends that schools re-open in October.
However, Education CS George Magoha said the reccomendations by the committee will be tabled before a larger committee after which, the official date for school’s re-opening will be given.
“It is not for me to give the date for the re-opening, I will table this report before a larger committee for a deliberation on the actual date for the resumption of schooling,” Prof. Magoha said.
The scattered re-opening will see candidates report to school first; with the rest of the students expected back in a few weeks.
Standard Seven, Standard Eight, Form Three and Form Four students will be expected in school’s first.
Primary school pupils and their secondary school counterparts are likely to return to class in October if Education CS George Magoha adopts recommendations from the COVID-19 Education Response Committee.
A feature story by Daily Nation on Sunday, September 20, indicated that the committee had settled on Monday, October 19, 2020, as the preferred schools reopening date countrywide.
The committee further advised the Ministry of Education to push forward the KCSE and KCPE examinations to April 2021.
The publication further indicated that Magoha had already scheduled a meeting on Monday, September 21, when the committee is expected to present him with their findings.
The committee chaired by Sarah Ruto from the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) also recommended that the school calendar be altered to kick off in June as opposed to usual January-November cycle.
The team argued that if the calendar is adopted, the second term would begin in October and close at the end of November, while the third term starts in January and ends in March.
That would mean that the next academic year would either begin in May or June hence no pupils or students would be forced to repeat classes as earlier touted.
In its report, the team is also set to present two proposals to the CS in an attempt to curb the possible rapid spread of COVID-19 virus after schools resume.
In the first proposal, the committee recommended that only Form Four and Form Three students as well as Class eight, seven and grade four pupils should report on October 19.
This is to aid tutors in preparing adeptly to have the COVID-19 measures observed promptly before the other learners join on November 2, 2020.
In the second proposal, the committee suggested that the entire student population be allowed to return to school on October 19, all in one go.
The proposals come five months after Magoha constituted the committee in May and charged it with exploring the best possible strategies of restoring normalcy in Education.
Magoha has been reiterating his stance for schools to remain shut until the COVID-19 curve is seen to have flattened and pending the Ministry of Health’s guidance through the National Emergency Response Committee on COVID-19.