CS Education Minister, Prof George Magoha appointed a 10-member team dubbed the COVID-19 Education Response Committee chaired by Dr. Sara Ruto the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development Council Chairperson. Their mandate is to explore ways to restore normalcy in the basic education sector's academic calendar, advise the CS on ways of on-boarding students when the schools re-open, document all COVID-19 related matters, lessons learnt and recommendations for future preparedness. Schools have been closed since March 15, after the outbreak of coronavirus in the country.
The committee in their preliminary report has recommended that schools, colleges and universities should re-open in September 2020. Since the Covid-19 pandemic will continue to drag, they recommend adequate measures be in place before students can resume learning. KCPE and KCSE candidates will be the first to go back to school followed by the rest of the students in two weeks time after the candidates. The national exams are to be conducted in February 2021.
Prof Magoha stated that the school calendar and opening of the schools dates will be given at the appropriare time. He added that there is no hurry to reopen schools as decision will be guided by advisory from the Ministry of Health.