Primary and secondary school candidates are expected to return to school from October, following a new proposal to reopen learning institutions.
The 1.9 million learners are expected to open for the second term, during which they will sit for their examinations in April. The KCPE candidates suggested date for assessment wil be between April 1-4, while their KCSE counterparts from April 6 – 30.
The rest of the learners are expected to resume classes first week of January in a new shift system to avoid congestion and observe social distancing. Pre- school and lower grades will have lessons twice a week; Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Learners from grade 4-6 will have lessons on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, while upper primary will have their lessons daily. For those in boarding schools, pupils from grade 1-5 will not be allowed to stay in school. Their fellows from grade 6 will have lessons on Monday, Wednesday and Friday while class seven and eight pupils will have lessons daily.
For secondary schools, form one and two students will have classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, form three on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while the candidates will have their lessons daily.
This proposal was arrived at following a meeting between CS for Education Professor Magoha and education stakeholders at the Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development yesterday.
“We have looked at all facts. We have come to a consensus that time is ripe to relook the reopening of learning institutions,” said Magoha
Professor Magoha maintained that social distancing is still a major snag and due to this teaching will be done shifts.
Schools were closed in March 2020 following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.