Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha has today announced that the initial school calendar and examinations timetable that was released by the ministry will now be revised. This change has been made necessary after the president yesterday postponed the full school reopening to January 2021 in the wake of rising cases of covid-19 in the country.

Speaking at Maragua Ridge Secondary School in Murang’a, Prof Magoha stated that the revision will ensure that students do not miss out on another academic year following the disruption caused by the pandemic. He also assured the candidates that the examination timetable will be revised to ensure that they have ample time to prepare for the forthcoming national exams.

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CS George Magoha

The cabinet secretary also made tours within Murang’a county to inspect the availability of desks and chairs within schools. “I’m delighted to report that in most of the schools and institutions I have visited, the managements have done their best to ensure COVID-19 protocols and followed,” said CS Magoha. “By next week Friday, all the desks and chairs purchased by the government will be delivered to schools. Quality assurance officers to conduct inspection to ensure the products delivered are of quality to match with the Ksh.1.9 billion that the government set aside.”

This is one of the initiatives by the government to try and curb the spread of the virus within schools. The government is hoping to equip schools with more desks so that students can be able to observe social distancing even in the classrooms.

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This however doesn’t seem to be enough as the number of covid-19 cases within schools keeps on surging across the country. The latest school to report a significant number of covid-19 cases being Bahati Girls Secondary School in Nakuru County where 68 students tested positive.