Education CS George Magoha, on Tuesday, October 6, announced that the Ministry of Education had settled on Monday, October 12, as the opening dates for Grade 4, Class 8 and Form Four learners.

He further disclosed that KCSE and KCPE student would commence their exams in March 2021.
“Education CS George Magoha has announced the reopening of schools for Grade 4, Class 8 and Form Four learners on Monday, October 12, 2020.

“KCPE examinations to start on March 22, 2021 and end on March 24, 2021,” he said in a statement.

KCSE exams are also scheduled to start on March 25, 2021 and end on April 16, 2021.

KCSE exams are also scheduled to start on March 25, 2021 and end on April 16, 2021.

“Pursuant to the Presidential Directive issued during the Twelfth (12th) Presidential Address to the Nation on the Coronavirus Pandemic on Monday, 28th September, 2020, and following broad-based education stakeholder consultations; the Ministry of Education notifies the public that the progressive re-opening of schools will commence with Grade 4 (Competency Based Curriculum Class), Class 8 and Form 4 on Monday, 12th October, 2020,” reads the statement.

Class Eight and Form Four students will sit their KCPE and KCSE exams in March 2021.

According to an exam calendar released by the Ministry of Education, the KCPE exam will conducted for three days between March 22-March 24, 2020 while the Form Four candidates are set to write their KCSE test from March 25- April 16, 2020.

The students returning to school on Monday will continue with learning until December 23, 2020, when the second term will come to an end before proceeding for one-week Christmas holiday.

In his directive, Magoha directed that wearing of facemasks would be mandatory, and that learning institutions would be required to carry out temperature checks.
He also noted that institutions that had been used as quarantine facilities had already been fumigated and that they had been linked to nearest health facilities.

The CS also urged teachers to issue psychological and spiritual support to students noting that the government had footed KCPE and KCSE costs for all students.

The directive comes barely a week after President Uhuru Kenyatta issued guidelines to be observed before school reopen during the Covid-19 conference hosted at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).

The Head of State had failed to issue a definite date on the resumption of learning.

Uhuru had noted that schools would only reopen once the Education and Health Ministry sufficiently guarantees the safety of learners.
The announcement comes on the same day university students from various campuses started reporting back to their institutions, an exercise that began on Monday, October 5.

The government is yet to announce the school resumption date for the rest of the students.


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