The Government is working on a new plan to reopen schools in September and to push national examinations to February 2021.
According to sources, the Ministry of Education is today meeting with the Covid-19 Education Response team to seal the deal and set new dates for the learning calendar that has been disrupted by the Covid-19 crisis.
The two teams have been in consensus that the candidates for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and those for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) will be given priority when resuming classes in September.
The next lot will then resume two weeks after the social distancing requirements have been adjusted to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
Education CS George Magoha is expected to preside over the meeting that comprises of school heads as well private school heads, international schools, Kenya Special Schools Heads Association, parents association National Council of churches and Muslim Education council.
However, the Kenya National Parents Association is not a party to the new proposal of reopening schools saying that it would expose the kids to the deadly virus.
“Parents Oppose re-opening of schools at any time during the Covid-19 pandemic. Schools should only reopen when the Government has declared the country free from the disease,” said the Union in a memo.
KNUT and stakeholders are also opposing the decision to reopen schools arguing that the decision should be left for the health experts.
“Logically and Scientifically, speaking, only doctors and health experts can advise on when schools should reopen and how the process of resuming teaching and learning should be conducted,” read a report.
Knut Secretary-general Wilson Sossion also made his stand against the plan to reopen schools commenting that KCSE and KCPE are not the tickets to heaven.