Primary and secondary school teachers have been recalled back to work. This comes as preparations to reopen schools in Kenya hit the homestretch.
The Teachers Service Commission has directed teachers to return to school by Monday next week. TSC CEO Nancy Macharia made the announcement on Monday following a meeting among stakeholders at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development to map out reopening of learning institutions.
According to a resumption program from the Ministry of Education, teachers are supposed to report to school early to make arrangements for candidates who were due to sit for their national examinations. It is expected that the candidates will be the first cohort to resume learning in October.
“Two to three weeks after candidates return to school, the other learners would be recalled for a crash learning programme that will see second term work covered before end of December. Third term would be covered between January and March, with examinations done in April next year,” says a report that appeared in the Standard on Monday.
The report further says that Education Response Committee chaired by Sara Ruto of the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) report which has recommended that schools and colleges resume classes next month is highly likely to be adopted. This means that all teachers and non-teaching staff could be back in schools as early as Wednesday to hold meetings and make arrangements for the term.
“Once schools open, teachers will be given instructions to complete remaining class work ahead of administration of national examinations in April next year. To achieve this, teachers will be expected to create ample time within the learning days to cover the syllabus,” says the report.
It adds: Ministry of Education guidelines require that teachers create physical distance between learners by placing desks at least one metre apart, and one metre apart from all doors to avoid any physical contact or air contamination. School Reopening Kenya.