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CS Magoha: Holidays to be shortened and longer class time

Education Cabinet secretary Prof George Magoha.
Education Cabinet secretary Prof George Magoha.

August holiday to be shortened by two-weeks to compensate for learning time lost due to the current Covid-19 when schools reopen in June, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof Geroge Magoha now says.

While appearing before the Parliament’s education committee, earlier today, Prof. Magoha said term two half term will be shortened by four days while, the August holiday will be reduced by two weeks. This is in a bid to enable learners to recover lost time and content.

Learning will also be carried out for longer hours during normal school days.

The above is contained in a report by CS Magoha in his response to the National Assembly’s Education Committee that wanted to know the measures the ministry has put in place to mitigate effects posed by the covid-19 pandemic; on the education sector.

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The CS is in record saying this year’s national examinations will not be post-poned.

He has also restated that schools will remain closed till June 4 and that the Government will review the situation before advising the public of the next step regarding the start of second term.

The Ministry is currently providing online learning services to learners across the country via a number of digital platforms.

“The content for online learning for the national curriculum is available on the KICD website and radio lessons are available for free,” Magoha says adding that the service is available to all learners.

He however says the government is making all it can to ensure all learners have the necessary gadgets to attend to the online lessons.

The Ministry has lined up a huge budget of about Sh20 billion to be utilized once schools reopen. These estimates are contained in the Kenya Basic Education Covid-19 emergency response plan that will run for 18 months beginning June, 2020 when schools reopen. A chunk of these funds will be utilized to ensure health, safety and well-being of learners, teachers and education staff.

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