Schools Reopening: Magoha to Slash Holidays & Mid-Term Breaks

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    Education CS George Magoha addresses the media at Pwani University in Mombasa on Wednesday, September 9, 2020
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  • The Education Ministry has proposed a new academic calendar to ensure the syllabus is adequately covered after learning was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

    Education CS George Magoha wants to abolish half-term breaks and also slash holidays from one month to two weeks. 

    Speaking with Kenyans.co.ke on Thursday, September 24, Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary-General, Wilson Sossion, detailed that emphasis was being placed on teachers to ensure students are not exhausted. 

    This was after questions were raised on the ability of primary and secondary school students to withstand a crash programme, similar to one adopted for University students. 

    KNUT Secretary-General Wilson Sossion addresses journalists in Nairobi on May, 16 2019
    KNUT Secretary-General Wilson Sossion addresses journalists in Nairobi on May, 16 2019
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    "Teachers will ensure students do not burn out," Sossion stated. 

    The teachers will be trained on how to handle the crash programme but will be advised to develop them on their own. 

    They are expected to report back to schools latest Monday, September 28, following a directive issued by Teachers Service Commission (TSC) CEO Nancy Macharia.

    Once schools reopen between October 5 and 19, learning will go on uninterrupted until December 2020. Students will then proceed on a two-week Christmas and New Years Eve. 

    After reporting in January 2021, they will learn for two and a half months before the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams are administered to Form Four students in March 2021. 

    The Ministry is planning to have the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination issued immediately after KCSE is completed. 

    The 2021 school calendar will start around April 26, 2021 with no half-term breaks in it as government plans to have that year's exams sat in December (2021). 

    From 2022, the Ministry will revert to the traditional January to November calendar. 

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    Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha assesses Grade 3 learning at Joy Town Special School in Thika in September 2019
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