Education Ministry To Decide on May Schools' Reopening Fate By the End Of April

President Kenyatta's recent directive ordering the suspension of all physical learning may spell doom to the already affected school calendar.

Education Ministry To Decide on May Schools' Reopening Fate By the End Of April
Education CS Magoha in a past press address. [Photo/ Courtesy]

Education Ministry will by the end of April be going back to the drawing table, to analyze the Covid-19 pandemic situation which will determine whether the learners will be going back to class in May or not.

Education Principal Secretary (PS) Julius Jwan stated that the move will be in line with President Kenyatta's recent directive that suspended all physical learning worldwide. 

The decision on whether to reopen or not will be highly determined by the health updates given, although both Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Prof. Magoha and his Health counterpart CS Mutahi Kagwe will give the final say.

"We have enough time to make a well-informed conclusion. It will be good if teachers, whom we have prioritised, get vaccinated," Jwan said," stated PS Jwan. 

Speaking on Friday March 26, President Kenyatta announced a suspension of all physical learning activities, but spared learners who had their examinations ongoing.

At the same time, Kenyatta warned that the ongoing wave may take up to two months to flatten the curve, casting on fears on interruptions likely to hit the already interrupted academic calendar.

The Education Ministry had earlier on set May 10, 2021 as the date when the third academic term would start, and run until July 16 when a new academic year was to kick-off. 

However, with the president's recent directive, that may not be happening thanks to the ongoing pandemic. In 2020, learners spent a couple of months at home, owing to the pandemic that had triggered closure for learning institutions.