Kenya is the only East African state that is still stuck on School resumption amid Covid-19. Schools in Kenya has been closed since mid March after a few cases of Covid-19 were confirmed.
Plans are now underway to have schools to reopen as one of the admittances that Virus is here to stay, and we must learn to live with it.
On the other hand, Ministry of Education in Uganda led by Minister Janet Museveni, has issued final guidelines that will guide the reopening of schools and higher institutions of learning on October 15 starting with final year students. National exams usually set by the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) in November and December, will likely go ahead, in March 2021.
Kenya’s Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof. George Magoha has also announced phased reopening of learning institutions, starting with Students in final years in tertiary institutions and KCSE Exams set to be done in March/April.
It’s not in doubt that Kenya’s Education sector is likely a sleep and busy copying what Uganda is doing.
The guidelines that were announced by Prof Magoha led team similar those that had been put in place by Uganda’s Janet Museveni.
For avoidance of doubt, this is what Janet said after announcing that only final year students will reopen first, “Education institutions shall resume full operations for all learners when Ministry of Education, working with Ministry of health, determines that it safe for institutions to operate at a full capacity.” Isn’t that saying familiar?
Here is what Education PS in Uganda had to say when asked about schools reopening. (Isn’t what Magoha has been telling us? Be the judge).
Asked about which term starts on October 15, he says, “We are reopening for term two. The calendar has been adjusted to ensure that whatever was not covered in term one is covered in terms two and three.”
Asked about Overcrowding in schools, he said First, “when we ban visiting days, career days, and visitors in schools, that is a general rule. School Covid-19 task force who will ensure that the parent does, so while observing the protocols such as wearing a mask, hand washing, sanitizing, and minimize interactions with other people at the school premises.”
It is not in doubt that when Uganda announced that it won’t declare 2020 academic-year dead, Kenya which had declared the whole academic-year lost, had to rethink and not be left behind by her neighbor.
Were it not for Uganda, we could still be talking about January 2021, or maybe I could be right.
Some contents Courtesy of The Observer.