Uhuru Suspends Education Calendar Until Further Notice

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the annual presidential briefing to the diplomatic corps at State House on March 4, 2021
    President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the annual presidential briefing to the diplomatic corps at State House on March 4, 2021
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  • Following the increasing number of Covid- 19 cases, President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, March 26 suspended all physical learning activities until further notice.

    The President's order, however, spared Form Four students who are currently undertaking their KCSE exams which started today, Friday, March 26. 

    “In respect to education in Kenya there shall be immediate suspension of all on-going physical learning in all our institutions including universities and tertiary and vocational colleges, other than for candidates sitting for the examinations and those in medical training institutions, until otherwise notified,” Kenyatta said.

    Health Acting Director General Dr Patrick Amoth receives the Covid-19 vaccine on Friday, March 5.
    Health Acting Director General Dr Patrick Amoth receives the Covid-19 vaccine on Friday, March 5.
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    The president went on to urge Kenyans to adhere to the laid down rules and regulations on Covid-19.

    "I want to emphasize that Covid-19 is an invisible enemy and the war against it is complex. Government alone cannot fight and win. As government, we have co-created solutions where we act together with citizens, the private sector, faith groups, civil society and community organizations in order to wage and win this war," Kenyatta said.

    The decision to stop physical learning has come at a time when Kenyan doctors have warned about a third wave.

    "In the month of January 2021, an average of 20 Kenyans were in Intensive Care Units needing oxygen. This number went up just under 30 persons in the month of February. Since my first address on March 12, over 950 Kenyans were in ICU wards for Covid related complications.

    "This confirms that the fact that a Third wave of Covid-19 is at hand in Kenya. The positivity rate is devastating by all measures, and the stress the pandemic is placing on our health system is unparalled," Kenyatta said.

    This is the second time the president has suspended learning activities in Kenya. In March 2020 the President suspended learning in schools when the first cases in Kenya was recorded.

    This saw many schools adopt the digital way of learning where teachers and students would interact on via platforms like zoom.

    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe receiving the first batch of Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
    Health CS Mutahi Kagwe receiving the first batch of Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
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