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Schools will not reopen soon – Magoha

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[Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha. Photo/courtesy].

Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha has refuted claims that the second term will begin in early June this year.

Magoha said the government is yet to state specific beginning dates of the second term criticising those spreading such information.

Speaking on Sunday during daily national brief on the Covid-19 pandemic, Magoha who was accompanied by Health Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman said the government will announce when to open schools only after the disease has been contained.

According to Magoha, the government extended the holiday by one month to end on June 4, however reopening of schools will depend on the situation on the ground over the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The government has not pronounced the opening of schools, so whoever is sending second term fee structures to children, that’s not in our country,” noted Mr. Magoha.

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He however remained adamant that the KCPE and KCSE examination will not be postponed.

“At this point, the government has not arrived at any decision to cancel this year’s KCPE and KCSE examination” he reiterated.

The Education CS however admitted that not all children are currently benefiting from the digital learning platforms.

He however said when schools reopen, all children will be given ample time to read before sitting for the national examination.

Magoha’s remarks come amid complaints from parents who have been slammed with high second term fee structure to cater for digital learning.

Magoha cautioned private schools against such moves warning the government will closely monitor such situations and take necessary legal measure against the schools.