The Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has announced that schools will reopen on January 4th, 2021.

The announcement was made on Monday 16th November, after a brief meeting between the education sector stakeholders.

So pupils in classes five, six, and seven and form one to three students are expected to report back to school on January 4th.

Also, all 4 year-olds are required to join PP1 in July 2021, while grade 4 pupils proceed to grade 5.

The CS announced that the non-candidates classes will go on.

However, the stakeholders did not release the calendar for KCPE and KCSE examinations.

In regards to coronavirus, teachers who are fifty-eight years and above have been instructed to work from home.

The Education CS said schools are the safest environment for students, even as the Covid-19 infection rate continues to rise.

“I wish to assure the country that the Government is determined to ensure a safe reopening and learning of our schools. In doing so, we are drawing important lessons from the partial reopening that has taken place since October,” he said

The Ministry of Education has also set up a covid-19 incidence reporting tool. So the tool will allow the teachers to monitor and report cases on time.

The tool can be accessed on any network by dialing *202*07#. Also, teachers can access a 24-hour by teacher’s scheme hotline by dialing 1528 which will augment quicker control and coordination of COVID-19 cases.

By Wanjiru Mbaru

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