Teachers to Report to School by Monday 28 – TSC

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Secondary and Primary school teachers are expected to report back to school by Monday 28, 2020 in preparation for a possible reopening of Schools, TSC boss Nancy Macharia has said.

Macharia has announced today that teachers are required to report to their respective schools to prepare for school reopening.

This sentiment has been echoed by Education CS Prof. George Magoha who was speaking at the KICD headquarters today. Magoha was receiving a report by the task force he had earlier commissioned to look into the school reopening dates.

Part of the recommendations from the task force was the proposal to reopen schools gradually beginning on Monday 19th October, 2020. Even though CS Magoha has not confirmed the dates, his comments and those of Nancy Macharia indicate that schools are bound to reopen pretty soon.

“We are now asking our teachers to report back to school on Monday 28th of September to prepare for the eventual opening of schools,” said Macharia. Speaking at the same event attended by CS Magoha at the KICD offices, Macharia assured the country that teachers are fully prepared to cover the syllabus and make up for the lost time since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Prof. Magoha said that schools should be habitable before reopening, so teachers should report back earlier to prepare in advance. He further said that teachers who live near their schools can report to school earlier, while those who have been delocalized can do so earliest by Monday 28th as recommended.

The CS said that the decision on reopening of tertiary colleges will be decided by Monday 28th when the larger stakeholders’ consultations have been completed. This means that it is only a matter of time before all institutions are reopened and learning resumes.

The Ministry of Education also added that all final year science-based students at universities are allowed to report to universities to complete their courses. This directive concurs with the recommendation for a phased reopenning of schools in Kenya.

The CS also proposed that the classes that are expected to sit for examinations should reopen first and the others to follow.

He also suggests that teacher training colleges should reopen earlier to train teachers in time to meet the needs for teaching personnel at this critical time.

Education CS suggests that they already have a timetable for basic education, which is held confidential as at now until such a time when relevant authorities deem necessary for it to be released.

The Education Ministry wrote on its Twitter page: “Stakeholders have agreed on a timetable on basic education academic calendar that will be shared with necessary stakeholders before it can be released.”

As far as we understand, such time tables are usually released as a circular to educational administrators and other relevant stakeholders in the sector. That should be done once the school reopening dates have been officially announced.

For now, teachers please find your way back to school and perform your duty diligently to make our schools ready for learning.

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