BY Christabel Airo
President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed Interior Ministry through the public administration to ensure all students report back to school from January 4, 2021.
Chiefs and assistant chief will take stock and coordinate students report back to school in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
“The Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government shall, through all Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs, account for all children within the jurisdiction of those officers and also ensure that all children report back to school in January 2021,” Uhuru Kenyatta said.
“Also the Ministry of Education shall receive reports from all primary and secondary schools in Kenya, regardless of the system of education they deliver, on the identity and details of any child or children who have not reported back to school as directed,” Uhuru added.
The president also directed the Ministry of Education to re-issue and publicize the education policy on school re-entry.
“The Ministry of Education shall re-issue and publicize the Education Policy on School Re-Entry; to facilitate the re-admission of all those who may not be able to report back due to pregnancy,” said Uhuru Kenyatta.
In the new calendar, Pre Primary 1&2, Grade 1, 2 and 3, Class 5, 6 and 7 and Form 1, 2 and 3 will start their second term on January 4, and end on March 19.
Prof Magoha announced that non-candidate classes will proceed for a 7-week break to allow for the administration, marking and grading of Kenya Certificate of Primary and Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations.
The CS further said Grade 4 Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) learners who reopened school on October 12 alongside Class Eight and Form Four candidates, will transition to Grade 5 in July 2021.
All 4-year-olds will join PP1 in July 2021.