Schools across the country may be re-opened in September 2020 if new proposals by a 10-member team formed by Education CS George Magoha are adopted.
The COVID-19 education response committee noted that with the effects of coronavirus expected to drag on, new measures should be taken to ensure learning resumes.
According to reports by The Standard, the team also proposed national exams (KCPE and KCSE) be taken in February 2021.
The committee’s report recommended KCPE and KCSE candidates be given priority to report to school first while the rest would be expected to join them two weeks later so social distancing measures could be adjusted.
“This will be adequate time for teachers to cover the syllabus and help candidates revise for exams,” an official said.
The committee chaired by Sarah Ruto collected views from Kenyans and other education stakeholders between Tuesday, May 12 and Friday, May 22.
Members of the committee included representatives of secondary and primary school heads, private schools, international schools, Kenya Special Schools Heads Association and parents’ associations.
The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, National Council of Churches of Kenya and Muslim Education Council were also members.
The Teachers Service Commission, Ministry of Health, Kenya National Examinations Council and Ministry of Education were listed as ex-officio members.
Majority of the participants who gave their opinions preferred partial re-opening with Form 3 and Form 4 students being the first to return.
President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered closure of all schools on Sunday, March 15, after three cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed to curb the spread of the highly contagious disease.
In April, Magoha said the government had extended closure of all schools from primary to tertiary level until June.
“Whenever the examination is going to be administered, every Kenyan child will have been given the opportunity to cover whatever time that is lost before the said examination is administered,” he said.