Nairobi – Kenya on Tuesday announced that the 2020 academic year will be considered lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic hence all primary and secondary schools will now reopen in January next year.
In a press address at KICD, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha said the decision was arrived at following consultations with all industry stakeholders.
Kenya closed schools on March 15 when it had only three confirmed coronavirus cases, and had initially planned to begin phased reopening in September this year.
According to CS Magoha, this was shelved after parents expressed reservations about sending their children to school occasioned by the spike in coronavirus cases that were expected to flatten only by December.
“Faced with this uncertain environment, the stakeholders have resolved to reopen all basic education learning institutions in January 2021,” said Magoha.
“This is based on the assumption that the infection curve will have flattened by December, 2020,” he added.
He revealed that the decisions “will apply to all children,” including schools offering international curriculum.
According to the CS, the 2020 Standard 8 and Form 4 candidates will now sit their KCPE and KCSE examinations respectively later in the year of 2021, adding that all learners in Grade 1 to 4 and Standard 5 to 7 as well as Form 1 to 3 in 2020 will remain in their current classes in the coming year.
Africa Tembelea understands that for universities, their reopening will take place on a “case-by-case” basis, and are urged to continue holding virtual classes and graduation ceremonies.