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Magoha: Shorter holidays, longer class time for schools after reopening

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School Opening Dates: The second term for Kenyan schools was supposed to start in the first week of May. However, the school opening dates were pushed by a month. Now, the earliest schools can reopen is in the month of June. As weeks the possible school opening dates inch closer, the government has announced measures it will undertake to compensate for the number of school learning days lost to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Education cabinet secretary George Magoha, the second term half term will be shortened by four days while the August holiday will be shortened by two weeks. In the same vein, the normal school day will also have longer hours.

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Mr. Magoha further added that every child will be given time to cover the lost time before an exam is administered.

These measures were part of a response by CS Magoha to the National Assembly’s Education Committee. The committee which is chaired by Julius Melly had invited Magoha to explain among others measures put in place to ensure completion of school syllabus within the scheduled time.

President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered all learning centres to shut down on March 15 to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

In the same vein, according to a related report that appeared in The Standard newspaper, reports qualified by Ministry of Education’s Kenya Basic Education Covid-19 Emergency Response Plan, show that the effects of closing schools for a long period could last a lifetime in some cases. “A good number will never come back to school whenever they are reopened as they will have been sucked into other pursuits diametrically opposed to learning,” the report said.

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