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How Ministry will compensate for the lost learning time

By Mercy Asamba | May 5th 2020
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha.

The Ministry of Education has put in place measures to ensure the completion of the syllabus that has been drastically affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new measures which include adjusting the learning hours, shortening of the second term’s mid-term break and August holiday are aimed at recovering the lost time.

“Second term’s half term will be shortened by four days, August holiday will be shortened by two weeks and the school day will be adjusted to have longer hours, “Education CS George Magoha said.

The CS was responding to queries by Parliament on various measures taken by the Education Ministry in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic that has infected 535 people in the country.

According to the CS, the adjustment of the school calendar due to the pandemic had led to a loss of seven weeks of the learning period.

“The outbreak of Covid-19 in Kenya led to the closure of schools on March 15, 2020, three weeks earlier than scheduled. The Ministry has further extended the reopening for the second term by one month effective from May 4, 2020,” said Magoha.

On the schedule of the National Examinations, Magoha maintained that the government had not made plans yet to postpone the exams.

“The Ministry continues to monitor the Covid-19 situation as it consults with other relevant Government Agencies before undertaking any further mitigation measures in the sector. In the meantime, the calendar for administering Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and Kenya Certificate Secondary Education remains unchanged as at the date of this Statement, April 27, 2020,” he said.

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The CS said a total of 460 educational institutions across the country had been designated as quarantine centres.

Of the 460 institutions, 331 were secondary schools and the rest were tertiary learning institutions.

The Ministry of Health is expected to fumigate the buildings before handing them over to the Education Ministry before learning commences.

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