A number of school principals have opted for early closure, bringing an end to a term marked by anxiety, chaos, and tensions.

In defiance of the Education Ministry’s December 23 deadline, a number of schools will begin closing this week for the Christmas holiday.

Unrest in schools has forced some schools to close early in order to prevent a further rampage. Naivasha Girls, for example, closed on Monday amid rumours of unrest.

The closure will last only two weeks, from December 23 to January 2, and will mark the end of Term Two of 2021. It will be followed by Term Three, the busiest and traditionally shortest term of the year, during which the final KCPE and KCSE exams will be held.

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The term will last from January 3, 2022, to March 4, 2022. Ad closed by Google The calendar is an adaptation of the traditional January-December school year, which was altered by the closure of learning institutions in March 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

The closure also comes at a time when the number of Covid-19 infections in the country is steadily increasing, as is the emergence of the Omicron variant

It is unclear whether the spread will have an impact on school reopening in January. lndimuli Kahi, chairman of the Kenya Secondary Heads Association, is concerned about the lack of enforcement of Covid-19 protocols aimed at keeping the virus at bay.

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He claims that the requirement to wear masks remains in effect, but reports show that fewer and fewer students are complying with the requirement.

Masks were identified as the primary measure used to stop the virus’s spread in schools.

“When children get back to school, we urge our members to ensure there is the mandatory use of face masks and monitoring of the body temperature for alI learners, staff and visitors accessing the schools;’ Kahi told the Star on phone

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Kahi also advocated for the implementation of hand hygiene policies in institutions.

The chairman of the National Parents Association, Nicholas Maiyo, told the Star that parents were financially strained in order to prepare their children for the  reopening. “I have parents who are calling me, complaining that they don’t know where to get fees in the next 10 days,” Maiyo said.

He warned principals not to impose fees on parents who had already paid second-term fees before schools were forced to close early in March.

“The fees guidelines still stand and parents should not be required to pay fees again;’ he said

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