Amani National Congress (ANC) Party leader Musalia Mudavadi has lauded the Ministry of Education move to clearly state how the education calendar will be as a result of the ongoing hard social and economic times due to the persistent spread of the Coronavirus in the country.
Mudavadi says parents and school going children will now have a clear picture of the timings stipulated by the Ministry to help in planning on how to recover the lost time when schools officially reopen in January 2021.
Earlier, Mudavadi raised fundamental questions that were directed to the Ministry of education regarding how to handle and explain to Kenyans on how the education sector was to be spearheaded in case Coronavirus pandemic persisted.
“The fate of 1.2 million KCPE candidates and 7,000 KCSE candidates hangs precariously in the balance. 15 million learners who should be in school or college are at home. While it is possible to appreciate the fears that led to the rushed closure of learning institutions it is difficult to come to terms with the reality that the Ministry is still this far sending out speculative messages on the fate of learning and especially this year’s KCPE and KCSE examinations.” Said Mudavadi in his earlier statement.
Mudavadi now wants the Ministry of education to state how it plans to accommodate the KCPE and KCSE candidates when they resume learning in January, 2021 keeping in mind the regulations that have been spelt out by the Ministry of Education on social distancing, sanitisation, wearing of masks and taking self-precautions to avoid the spread of the Corona Virus.
In the meantime, Mudavadi says the online learning being spearheaded by the Ministry through the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) should be reviewed in order not to disadvantage learners whose families can’t access the internet or channels being used to disseminate online content for pupils and students.
“Not every learner has access to Radio or TV and Internet. Even those who can physically access these facilities are challenged with the cost of activating them,” said Mudavadi.
The ANC Party leader has also urged teachers to roll up their sleeves once learning resumes for the KCPE and KCSE candidates to ensure the time lost is recovered as a matter of urgency in covering the syllabus ahead of the National examinations next year.