Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha on Monday signalled that the initial proposal to reopen schools in January will be shelved as he gave the Covid-19 Education Emergency Response Committee 10 days to propose an earlier date, citing progress in the fight against coronavirus
Universities and colleges have been cleared to recall students for on-campus learning as the government also considers reopening schools this year.
Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (Kessha) chairman Kahi Indimuli said schools are not ready for reopening schools because no funds have been released to help them to prepare.
“Earlier proposals to reopen schools in October were rejected by the taskforce, we agreed schools to reopen in January 2021 for a fresh start,” said Mr Indimuli.
Kenya Primary Schools Heads Association (Kepsha) chairman Nicholas Gathemia said they will be waiting to follow ministries directives.
“Once the agenda of the meeting is known, we shall give our position,” he said.
Kuppet secretary-general Akelo Misori said the meeting will review progress made ahead of the January 2021 reopening.
Prof Magoha directed the committee to formulate a new proposal that will be presented to a national education conference scheduled for next week.
The CS who spoke after a crisis meeting at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) on Monday, attributed the development to decreasing cases of Covid-19 that suggest the curve may be flattening.
“I called this meeting today to engage the taskforce and various education stakeholders on the process of drafting a new proposal to be presented before the larger national education stakeholder’s conference that will be held on September 25,” said Prof Magoha.
The CS asked university senates to determine their individual university opening dates based on the fact that the institutions have reopened virtually for the September –December Semester.
Next week, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and his Health counterpart Mutahi Kagwe will co-chair the national consultative conference to chart the country’s post Covid-19 future.
The education committee is required to present a detailed report at the conference on the steps to prepare schools, universities and colleges for safe reopening.