Learners go back to school after seven months COVID-19 break

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A student registering after reporting back to school on Monday./COURTESY

Grade 4, class 8 and form 4 learners resumed classes today after taking a seven months break following the outbreak of COVID-19 in country in March.

The phased resumption of learning started last week with final year university students and technical colleges expected to resumed classes on 5th October.

The grade 4, class 8 and form four learners returned to school for second term and are expected to go for a one week holiday on 24th December and resume for third term on 4th January.

According to the education calendar released by the Ministry of Education, class 8 and form four learners will seat for their national examinations in March with the secondary examinations expected to end in April.

CS for Education Prof George Magoha, chats with a pupil at Olympic Primary school while monitoring the reopening of schools. They re-opened after seven months following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Kenya in March./COURTESY

“KCPE examinations to start on March 22, 2021 and end on March 24, 2021, KCSE exams to start on March 25, 2021 and end on April 16, 2021,” said the Ministry of Education.

Schools are expected to adhere to COVID-19 protocols set by the Ministry of Health.

“Mandatory use of face masks, monitoring of the body temperature for all learners, staff and all other persons accessing schools, handwashing and observance of high levels of hygiene. Where there is no running water schools will use sanitizers,” said the Ministry of Education.

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