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Learning to resume in 2021 as CS Magoha declares Kenyan 2020 Education Calendar Null & Void

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has declared the 2020 Education calendar lost as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic and that students in class 1-7 and form 1-3 will repeat those classes.

Speaking this morning at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Education, the CS also announced that there shall be no Kenya Certificate for Primary Examination (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate for Secondary Examination (KCSE) this year and that 2020 candidates will sit their examinations in 2021.

“In consultation with Ministry of Health we have agreed schools to reopen when daily Covid-19 cases reduce consistently for 14 days. Social and physical distancing is the most critical factor in ensuring safety of learners,” the CS said adding that Inter-county movement of students will cause severe challenges with high incidents of infections.

CS Magoha also announced that all basic learning institutions will remain closed until January 2021 when the covid 19 pandemic is expected to have flattened.  He however directed Universities, Colleges and Tivet institutions that meet the irreducible minimums on Covid19 to consider reopening in September this year.

The announcement followed the directive from President Kenyatta who directed the Ministry of Education to notify the country on the calendar of resumption of learning.

“Following consultations with stakeholders in the education sector, and cognizant of the surge in the rate of infections, the Ministry of Education shall jointly, with all the stakeholders in the sector, notify the public on the resumption of the 2020 academic calendar for basic education and tertiary institutions,” said President Kenyatta on July 6th 2020 in Nairobi

The January proposal was supported by stakeholders including teachers’ unions and CS Magoha who said schools will not be reopen until the infection curve is flattened.  Magoha explained the recommended January reopening was due to medical advice that “the spike of the infection is expected to occur around September.

Read the Cabinet Secretary’s full statement here.

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