Corporate

Reopening of schools depend on Covid-19 cases, says Kagwe

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Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe giving Covid-19 status on April 20, 2020. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NMG

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Summary

  • Health CS Kagwe says government will make decisions based on the data available.
  • Education ministry on Monday released the school schedule for the next three years.
  • Kenya has reported a steady increase in Covid-19 numbers after a phased reopening of the economy.

The January 4 school reopening date will be reviewed if Covid-19 cases continue to rise, Health Cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe has said.

He told a local TV channel the government would make decisions based on the data available.

The Education ministry on Monday released the school schedule for the next three years that has the first and second terms shortened from 14 to 11 weeks and holidays from four to one week.

“The school calendar dates are not cast in stone…so if in our estimation the situation is not improving and we are endangering our children, we will withdraw and tell Kenyans the truth,” he said.

Kenya has reported a steady increase in Covid-19 numbers after a phased reopening of the economy.

Positivity rates in November have averaged 15 per cent compared to between four and five per cent September where the curve appeared to have flattened.

A spike in cases has seen infections jump 101 per cent to 74,145 cases over the past two months while deaths rose 106 per cent to 1,330 fatalities.

The government is keen on recovering the 2020 academic year amid the Covid-19 pandemic that saw schools shut in March to combat its spread.

Education CS George Magoha announced all primary and secondary school students will report back to school on January 4 for their second term which will end on March 19.

The Kenya Certificate of Primary Examination and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination will start in March for four days and three weeks.

Thousands of learners in private schools will be forced to look for admission elsewhere after several institutions shut down for good. The Kenya Private Schools Association said so far 224 private primary and secondary schools have shut leaving 56,000 learners without schools to report back to.