Parents who had paid school fees for their children’s second and third term before COVID-19 hit and schools closed before the end of first can now breathe easy after Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha directed schools to refund the fees.
Speaking in a press conference, Education CS Magoha has directed school heads for both primary and secondary to refund second and third term fees to parents who had paid or reach an agreement with the parents.
CS Magoha noted that the school heads also had the option of coming to an alternative agreement and let the fee cover for when schools reopen in 2021.
CS Magoha had yesterday, 7th July 2020 addressed the media alongside education stakeholders where he noted that the academic year 2020 had been lost to COVID-19
Candidates who were supposed to sit their national exams this year will now have to do so in 2021 though they will be resuming school in September 2020 to create time for them to clear the remaining syllabus.
CS George Magoha stated that all learners in Grade 1 to 4 and Standard 5 to 7 as well as Form 1 to 3 in 2020 will remain in their current classes in 2021.
“The school calendar 2020 has been lost to COVID-19,” Education CS George Magoha said adding that there would be no national exams this year though also noting that TVETs would be allowed to reopen in September if they meet the required measures by the Ministry of Health to curb the spread of COVID-19.
“In consultation with the Ministry of Health, we have agreed schools to reopen when daily Covid-19 cases reduce consistently for 14 days. Social and physical distancing is the most critical factor in ensuring the safety of learners,” CS George Magoha said.
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“Inter-county movement of students will cause severe challenges with high incidents of infections. We are happy to inform Kenyans that the president accepted the recommendations,” CS Magoha said.
“Members of the senate and faculty must agree how they are going to do a phased reopening,” CS George Magoha said adding that university institutions will have to undergo an inspection to decide if they have met the required regulations.
“The flattening of the curve is what will guide us. The safety of learners and teachers at the place of work is very critical and important. We urge all parents to ensure the safety of the children until such a time that schools will be reopened,” KNUT secretary general Wilson Sossion said adding that KNUT backs CS Magoha’s announcement.