Why schools might remain closed till September

A team put together by Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha to advice the Government on the way forward regarding reopening of schools has finalized its report.

The Sara Ruto led team is proposing that learning institutions should remain closed until September

According to the preliminary report released by the team, national examinations should be pushed to February 2021 and the entire education calendar revised.

The team is proposing that the government should allow students to continue staying at home arguing that sending them back to school will be exposing them to risks.

The task-force wants the reopening of schools done is phases by allowing class 8 and form four candidates to report back in September

The report is expected to be handed over to Magoha who will in turn hand it over to President Uhuru Kenyatta who will make the final decision on whether to reopen schools or not to.

Several bodies including teacher unions, civil society groups,parents associations and even lecturers unions had opposed the reopening of schools citing the risk that students would be exposed to

The education ministry extended the closure of schools by one month due to the corona virus pandemic.

Schools were expected to reopen on the first week of June.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to make the announcement on school reopening during his Madarak day address to the nation on June 1st.


Ambole Okata
Author: Ambole Okata

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