By Spy Uganda Correspondent
Over 10 million learners in Kenya are out of class due to restrictions placed to curb the spread of Covid-19. Grade 4, Class 8 and Form 4 students returned to school on October 12.
“All schools will reopen fully on January 4, 2021,” Prof Magoha told a televised press conference after a stakeholders’ meeting to draw up the dates.
“This will apply to PP1 and 2, Grade 1,2,3, Class Five, Six and Seven, and Form One, Two and Three,” announced Prof Magoha.
To recover a lost year, the resuming class will be in school for their second term until March 19. They will then proceed on a seven-week break ending May 9.
The schools closed down in March when Corona virus pandemic hit the country and since then learning has greatly been affected.
During the holiday, Class 8 and Form 4 will sit their KCPE and KCSE examination.
The third term will begin on May 10 and run through to July 16.
“Grade Four and incoming Form One (Class Eight graduates) will stay at home as other learners complete their third term,” said Magoha.
The sad news is that vulnerable students are unlikely to report back on 4th due to financial constraints caused by the Corona pandemic.
Speaking from Kajiado, parents are complaining of facing hard economic times and lack of food, so taking their children to school will be close to impossible unless the government intervenes and help them out. This is just but a small fraction of students who are facing such challenges, most learners across the country are facing similar challenges and the government try and find ways of helping them.
All the students will then begin a new school year on July 26, 2021.
Term one will run for 10-weeks ending October 1. The second term will start on October 11 ending on December 23 where after they will proceed for a Christmas break for 10 days. The third term will begin on January 3, 2022, ending on March 4. National examinations will be administered in March.