Ministry of Education now states that the school calendar will be reviewed to secure learners from losing another academic year after the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha was speaking at Maragua Ridge Secondary School in Murang’a County during the inspection of desks and chairs in schools. The CS said the examination timetable will also be re-looked at and made known to the public.
Professor Magoha asked schools’ stakeholders to act properly on the re-opening to guarantee Ministry of Health protocols is adhered to in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
“I’m delighted to report that in most of the schools and institutions I have visited, the managements have done their best to ensure COVID-19 protocols and followed,” said Magoha.
“By next week Friday, all the desks and chairs (procured by the government) will be delivered to schools. Quality assurance officers to conduct an inspection to ensure the products delivered are of the quality to match with the Ksh.1.9 billion that the government set aside.”
The CS endeavoured to reassure carpenters who perfectly did their work that they will be paid their balances without delay. 5,254 secondary schools and 5,136 primary schools were identified by the government to benefit from the desk project.
“The jua kali artisans who will have delivered the furniture to schools by Friday next will be been paid their money through mobile money transfer system,” he said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, while addressing the nation on Wednesday, ordered that all basic education in the country resumes in January 2021. Pronouncing from State House in Nairobi, President Kenyatta, however, remarked that learners who already reported back to schools and reopened school activities should continue.
“With respect to the examination classes that have already resumed learning, I hereby order that they continue with their learning and examination preparations but under heightened health safety measures, and also order that all basic education classes resume in-person learning in January 2021,” Magoha said.