Magoha: Schools to reopen on 4th January 2021

By Staff Reporter 

The official reopening date for schools including international schools has been set for 4th January 2021.

The dates were announced today by the Cabinet Secretary for Education Prof George Magoha who chaired the consultative meeting with the education stakeholders.

On the announcement, Pre Primary 1 and 2, Grade 1, 2 and 3, and Class 5, 6 and 7, and Form 1, 2 and 3 learners will start their Term 2 on 4th January, 2021 and end on 19th March 2021 together with the Grade 4 and candidates (Class 8 and Form 4).

Although the calendar for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) has not been released, CS Magoha said that non-candidate classes will proceed for a 7-week break to allow for the administration, marking and grading of the examinations.

Grade 4 and incoming Form 1 who are Class 8 pupils will stay at home as other learners complete their Term 3.

All 4-year-olds are expected to join PP1 in July 2021, while Grade 4 pupils set to move into Grade 5.

At the same time, teachers who are aged 58-years and above, and especially those with pre-existing conditions have been advised to work from home.

Teachers Service Commission CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia said such teachers can be assigned other critical roles such preparing schemes of work, learning materials among other duties.

The Ministry of Education has also set up a Covid-19 incidence reporting tool which will allow teachers monitor and report cases on time, which can be accessed via USSD on any network by dialing *202*07#.

Alternatively, teachers can access a 24-hour by teacher’s scheme hotline by dialing 1528 which will enhance quicker management and coordination of Covid-19 cases.

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