KENYA DECLARES SCHOOL YEAR ‘LOST’, CLASSES BACK IN 2021

In the East African country, the school year is from January to November, when the end-of-term exams peaks.

On Tuesday, Kenya (Nairobi) declared the school year lost due to the coronavirus pandemic, both primary and secondary students are expected to resume academics in January 2021.

However, the Minister of Education George Magoha issued a statement that said, the curve of COVID-19 infections was expected to flatten by December 2020.

Schools in Kenya were closed on the 15th of March when only three cases were confirmed, amongst a vast of measures taken during that month that included a night curfew that hoped to reduce the spread of the virus. 

Therefore, primary and secondary school examinations will not be held and “the 2020 school calendar year will be considered lost due to COVID-19 restrictions”, said the Minister.

“Faced with this uncertain environment, the stakeholders have resolved to reopen all basic education learning institutions in January 2021,” .

Said Magora

Due to Cases are rising with over 8,000 reported infections and 164 deaths.Universities will re-open on a “case-by-case” basis, the institutions were encouraged to consider a phased re-opening approach and continue with virtual classes as well as graduation ceremonies.

On Monday President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a “phased reopening” of the country, that permitted international flights to resume on the 1st of August and the lifting of internal travel restrictions that had cordoned off the capital for the past four months. The night time curfew of 9pm to 4am will remain in place.

“This is based on the assumption that the infection curve will have flattened by December, 2020.”

The statement highlighted that the decision “will apply to all children,” meaning that schools offering International curriculum are included. 

 Kenya had planned to reopen schools in September for learners in their final years of primary and secondary school in order to allow them to write their exams, however the increased in the infection rate resulted in the shelving of this plan, the statement said.