A 10-member committee has been set up to explore options on how learning can go back to normal in the post-covid19 period. The committee was established by Education CS Prof. George Magoha and will be tasked with formulating strategies on restoring normalcy in the academic calendar.
The committee dubbed, Covid-19 Education Response Committee, will be chaired by KICD chairperson Dr Sarah Ruto and will be located at the KICD headquarters. Members of the committee are Mr Indimuli Kahi (Chair of the Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association), Mr Nicholas Gathemia (Chair, Kenya Primary Schools Heads Associations), Mr.Peter Ndoro (CEO, Kenya Private Schools Associations), Ms Jane Mwangi (Kenya Association of Independent International Schools), Dr Nelson Makanda (National Council of Churches of Kenya), Sheikh Munawar Khan ( Muslim Education Council), Mr Nicholas Maiyo (Chair, Kenya Parents Association), Ms Augustine Muthigani ( Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops)and Mr Peter Sitienei who is the chairperson Kenya Special Schools Heads Association.
The committee will also have six ex-officio members who include Ms Ruth Mugambi (KICD), Mr Patrick Ochich (KNEC), Mr Gabriel Mathenge (TSC), Mr Paul Kibet (Director, Secondary Education at the Ministry of Education), Ms Ann Gachoya (Directorate of Policy, Partnerships and EAC) and Dr Loice Ombajo ( Ministry of Health).
The terms of reference for the committee are to:
- Advise the Cabinet Secretary on the reopening of Basic Education institutions (Pre-Primary. Primary, Secondary Schools, Teacher Training Colleges and Adult Education Institutions.)
- Review and reorganize the school calendar as part of the COVID-19 post-recovery strategy.
- Advice the Cabinet Secretary on ways of on boarding students/pupils when the schools re-open.
- Document all COVID-19 related matters, lessons learnt and recommendations for future preparedness.
- Advise the Cabinet Secretary on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the demand for education by poor households and suggest mitigation measures.
- Advise the Cabinet Secretary on the Health and Safety measures to be put in place for the pupils/students, teachers and entire school community.
- Identify institutions that may have been adversely affected by COVID-19 and advise on mitigation and recovery measures.
- Submit regular reports to the Cabinet Secretary on the implementation progress of COVID-19 related programmes.
- Any other related duty that may be assigned by the Cabinet Secretary.
The setting up of the committee comes after CS Magoha promised to release possible scenarios in the school calendar in the wake of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.