Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) chairman Peter Orero has assured stakeholders that sporting championships will begin this year.
The decision was arrived at during a four-day caucus attended by KSSSA officials and their counterparts from the Ministry of Education in Nakuru.
Orero said KSSSA officials and their counterparts from the Ministry of Education are concerned that many talented youngsters have been denied an opportunity to develop their skill since coronavirus pandemic forced the suspension of KSSSA championships in March last year and want a quick resumption of the championships to allow students to use their talent and energy in productive ways.
“The Ministry of Education called a stakeholders meeting to brainstorm on how co-curricular activities can resume in schools and colleges as soon as possible. We were in agreement that we cannot replace the talents currently being wasted by lack of activities in schools and colleges and have agreed in principle that co-curricular activities must begin soonest possible,” Said Orero
The caucus which started on Sunday and ended on Wednesday, was attended by among others, representatives from Kenya Special Needs Education, Kenya Primary Schools Sports Association, KSSSA, and those from Kenya Schools and Colleges Drama Festival.
The meeting came up with a programme for the resumption of co-curricular activities in schools and colleges which was forwarded to Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha for approval.
Last year, Ministry of Education met top KSSSA officials in Kigari, Embu to draft guidelines for the resumption of sporting activities.
During the retreat, KSSSA officials also made changes to rules to be used during school games and suggested ways of dealing with possible challenges during implementation of Covid-19 protocols.
KSSSA championships were abruptly suspended in March last year when Kenya reported its first confirmed case of Covid-19. At the time, Term One games involving basketball, hockey, rugby, handball and cross country had reached the regional stage. The games have never resumed.
In the released calendar, term one games (which include Athletics, cross country, basketball, hockey and handball) will be held in term one 2021 which kicks off in July.
On the other hand, term two games (Soccer, Netball, Volleyball and Racquet games) will be held in second term which kicks off in October.
KSSSA Term One Games Calendar 2021
- Nationals will be held at Nandi County (Kapsabet Boys and Girls) From 2nd to 10th October 2021
- Regional Games by 18th Sept 2021
- County Games by 11th sept 2021
- Sub-county Games by 21st august 2021
KSSSA Term Two Games Calendar 2021
- Nationals will be held at Embu county Kangaru Boys and Girls from 11th to 19th December 2021
- Regional Games by 27th November 2021
- County Games by 13th November 2021
- Sub county Games 30th October 2021
Federation of Eat Africa Secondary School Sports Association (FEASSSA) Games Calendar 2021
They shall be held in December 2021 dates to be communicated by FEASSSA executive council later