The Education CS Prof.Magoha has been blamed by some expert over the decision he made of canceling the 2020 academic calender. These group of experts instead have issued him with three alternatives to the closure of schools and the candidates sitting for KCPE and KCSE National Exams.
The first proposal is that they would wish students to be allowed to move to the next class. They argued that the syllabus that was to be covered in the previous class can be as well covered together with the next classes’ syllabus in order to recover that list time during the period of COVID-19.
“All students must be allowed to move to the next class. Teachers must then use recovery methods to ensure that learning losses are minimised,” Mutheu Kasanga detailed in an interview with the Standard.
The second proposal is that they proposed schools to reopen in September other than in January 2021. They argued that KCPE and KCSE Candidates to be given the first priority and allowed to sit for their exams to avoid congestion come 2021. They did this by urging Magoha to recall students for the resumption of classes in September.
The third and the final proposal is to facilitate E-learning by supplying students with tablets and laptops. This revives the question on the government’s ksh 24.6 billion laptop project that collapsed.Those teachers who lacked ICT skills and the underdevelopment of schools were among the major reasons cited for the failure of the project.
Although the experts supported the idea of Mogoha’s analysis on social distancing which could be a huge task to be accomplished in schools, they didn’t have an alternative over the same.
While extending the period of school closure on Tuesday, July 7, Magoha detailed that schools should only resume if cases reduce consistently for 14 days at a time when social and physical distancing was the most critical factor in ensuring the safety of learners.
Kenya’s Coronavirus cases has witnessed an upsurge in daily fatalities and positive cases recorded. As of Monday, July 13, Kenya had 10,294 positive cases, 197 fatalities and 2,946 recoveries.