Schools extended closure
With the increase of the coronavirus confirmed cases, Professor Magoha announced that there will be and additional one-month closure of schools after May 4 when they were supposed to reopen.
He also said that the government has not decided to postpone exams, though all students will be given time to make up for lost learning sessions before exams are administered.
“The government has not decided to postpone both the KCSE and KCPE. Let our children enjoy the last week of their holiday, before they start the one month they have been added,” Prof. Magoha said.
Speaking at Afya House on Sunday 26th, Cabinet Secretary Magoha said April will be treated as a normal break in the educational calendar.
The report also indicate the Ministry of Education is worried about a possible rise in cases of teenage pregnancies, early marriages, child labour and school dropouts sparked by the prolonged closure of schools.
“Schooling provides an essential learning environment and when schools close, children and youth are deprived opportunities for growth and development,” reads the report.
It says the disadvantages are severe for under-privileged learners, who have fewer educational opportunities beyond formal school.