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Education CS Magoha Cancels 2020 KCSE, KCPE Exams, Schools to Reopen January 2021.

Education CS George Magoha speaking from the KICD buildings flanked by other education stakeholders has said there will be no KCPE and KCSE examinations this year which has been pushed to next year. The decision will affect all children including those being offered international curriculum.

The CS said that national examinations will not take place this year as the Covid-19 pandemic has rendered the school calendar lost.

“Based on the rising trend, we agreed to shelve classes. The country will be severely affected as all other children will lose the year. It shall be impossible to achieve social distancing. In consultation with the Ministry of Health, stakeholders agreed that reducing physical numbers in classes will affect learning, schools should only resume if cases reduce consistently for 14 days and social and physical distancing is the most critical factor in ensuring the safety of learners, handwashing and using masks and monitoring temperature will be crucial too,” Magoha stated.

All learners in grades 1 to 4, Standard 5 to 7, and Form One to Three will remain in the current classes in 2021. There will be two Form One classes in 2021 according to the Education CS.

Technical and vocational education and training (Tvet) institutions as well as colleges will re-open in September but only with strict adherence to the Ministry of Health’s guidelines for containing the virus.

“All institutions allowed to reopen must comply with Covid19 regulations or risk closure’ Said Magoha.

The new calendar comes amid a backdrop of a back-and-forth decision by the CS on the reopening of schools. Magoha had advised the president against the reopening of schools on September 1, arguing that Coronavirus cases had spiked. The education CS had also hinted at pushing national exams to April 2021 and also pushing studies to resume in January 2021 with emphasis on the safety of students.

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