Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha on Monday, September 21, gave teachers a one-week ultimatum as plans to reopen schools enter homestretch.
Magoha asked teachers to report back to schools latest Monday, September 28, following a directive issued by Teachers Service Commission (TSC) CEO Nancy Macharia.
The Cabinet Secretary was speaking at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) after an education stakeholders meeting.Education CS George Magoha during a tour of Meru National Polytechnic on September 4, 2020.MOEST
"The teachers can come latest next week, but if you love your school and you live near there you can report starting from today.
"Due to delocalisation, it is still fine if you arrive on the 28th as the last date," noted Magoha.
Magoha also clarified that despite the stakeholders' taskforce recommending that schools reopen from Monday, October 19, a definitive date had not been agreed on yet.
"The right person to give that information is not even myself. I will take the recommendations to the larger committee and if they agree, we will send it for concurrence to the person who will announce to you when the schools will reopen.
"If that power is delegated to me, which it hasn't, I will tell you the details,. So anything you see, hear or print is a rumour," added Magoha.
With the date set for reopening, pending approval from every stakeholder, Magoha asked Macharia to safeguard the information and ensure it does not leak to the public.
The CS also assured the country that the process of supplying the Ksh1.9 billion desks to schools ahead of reopening will be transparent.
Magoha warned the 53 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) principals transferred to new destinations to comply or face action.
The former chairman of the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) announced that final year science students will be allowed back to universities to do their practicals but must observe Covid-19 rules.
With parents raising concerns that their financial situation could hinder the reopening plans, Magoha reiterated that public primary schools would remain free.President Uhuru Kenyatta interacting with a student of Nyiro Girls’ Secondary School from Baragoi (Samburu County) at State House, Nairobi on Friday, November 1, 2019PSCU
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