Prof. Magoha: Longer Learning Hours in New School Calendar
The government of Kenya through the Ministry of Education has proposed drastic changes to the school calendar.
Just like any other sectors, COVID-19 situation has also adversely affected the education sector, including the normal learning calendar.
While outlining the measures geared at recovering lost time, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. Magoha reiterated that GoK had no plans of postponing the two national examinations scheduled later this year.
President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the closure of all learning institutions on March 15 - three weeks earlier than scheduled - two days after Kenya registered its first Coronavirus case.
In a statement to the National Assembly Committee on Education, the CS said, "The ministry has further extended the reopening for second term effective May 4 and the net effect is the loss of seven weeks of school calendar."
Magoha said the move to extend the school holiday by a month was in the interest of safety and lives of children.
The raft of measures are in response to delays in re-opening schools that could have far-reaching effects on the completion of syllabus.
- In efforts to recover the lost time the Education CS said the August holiday will be shortened by two weeks to compensate for learning time lost.
- Magoha also announced the ministry had proposed to shorten the second term mid-term by four days to allow more class time.
- School days are to have longer hours as opposed to the normal situation where official learning hours run from 8am to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Second term was to cover 14 weeks (May 4 to August 7) with half-term was slated for June 15-19.
The third term was expected to run for nine weeks from August 31 to October 23 to pave way for national examinations.
KCPE exams are supposed to be taken between October 26 and November 2, while KCSE begins on November 2 and ends on November 25.
In the meantime, Magoha said interventions to be taken would depend on how the government is able to contain the disease, which has infected 535 people in the country.