The Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha has on Tuesday announced that Grade 4, Class 8 and Form 4 students will return to school on October 12, 2020. This is after a six months closure due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.

“Pursuant to the Presidential Directive issued during the Twelfth (12th) Presidential Address to the Nation on the Coronavirus Pandemic on Monday, 28th September 2020, and following broad-based education stakeholder consultations; the Ministry of Education notifies the public that the progressive re-opening of schools will commence with Grade 4 (Competency-Based Curriculum Class), Class 8 and Form 4 on Monday, 12th October 2020,” reads the statement.

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The students will finish their second term on December 23, 2020, and reopen after one week on January 4, 2021, for their third term.

An exam calendar released by the Ministry of Education shows that KCPE will run for three days between March 22 to March 24, 2021. Form fours will sit for their KCSE exams from March 25 to April 16, 2021.

To safeguard the students from Covid-19, students will be expected to wear face masks, wash their hands regularly or sanitize their hands. The students and staff’s temperature will also be monitored.

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“Although physical distancing will remain a challenge, it should not be used as a bottleneck to keep any child away from school,” the Education CS noted.

According to the Ministry of Education, all schools that were used as quarantine centres have been fumigated with the supervision of the Ministry of Health.