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CS Education Department George Magoha issued a directive regarding dates for the school to reopen after President Uhuru Kenyatta suspended learning activities in the country.

Education PS Julius Jwan has said they will analyze the Covid-19 pandemic at the end of April 2021 to determine whether students will resume classes or not.

He added that the decision will be based on information provided by officials from the health ministry and other education stakeholders. However, Health SC Mutahi Kagwe and his education counterpart Magoha will make the final decision.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking at the State House on Friday March 12, 2021.

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“We have enough time to come to an informed conclusion. It will be good if the teachers, whom we have prioritized, get vaccinated,” Jwan said.

Uhuru, Friday March 26 suspended all physical activities in schools until further notice. The head of state warned that the virus could flatten within 60 days, prompting speculation about reopening dates and the academic calendar.

“This wave is expected to peak in the next 30 days with more than 2,500 to 3,000 cases reported daily. Experience shows that this peak will only flatten out by mid-May 2021, or about 60 days from now (March 26).

“With regard to education in Kenya, there will be the immediate suspension of all physical learning taking place at all of our educational institutions, including universities and colleges of higher and vocational education, except of candidates who sit for their exams and those of medical training institutions, until otherwise notified, ”Uhuru directed.

The government will welcome KCSE students who are currently taking national exams ensuring they are taken home during the pandemic.

It was after Uhuru also restricted movement and locked down Nakuru, Nairobi, Machakos, Kiambu and Kajiado counties, calling them active areas of the disease.

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According to the revised education calendar dates, the third session was scheduled to start on May 10, 2021 and end on July 16. This means that an extension of Covid-19 measures could be worse for parents and students already affected. by the school closing in 2020.

Students were forced to stay at home for six months, from July 2020 to December 2020, after Education CS Magoha removed the academic calendar. Schools reopened on January 4, 2021, to be closed two months later.

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Education CS during a press briefing on the reopening of teacher training colleges in July 2020

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