The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Wilson Sossion has opposed the recent decision by the Ministry of Education to declare the 2020 education calendar null and void and have students repeat classes.
Sossion who is also a nominated Member of Parliament said on Wednesday 15 July that having children repeat classes will create psychological torture to the students and suggested that students should pick up the syllabus from where they left off.
“It would be practically wrong to think that you can promote a form three class that had covered mathematics work for one and half months of that year to form four, and you want them to cover the form four work in one year and also cover 75% of form three.” He said.
Sossion further suggested that examinations be conducted in August and the academic year to end the same time, should the schools resume. He also proposed the month of September 2021 to be the beginning of the new academic year, after completing the syllabus.
The KNUT Secretary General proposals come two weeks after the Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha announced that the 2020 academic year was lost and all students would repeat classes after reopening.
Professor Magoha had also issued the reopening measures, testing of teachers two weeks before resumption of classes included