Knut Secretary Wilson Sossion has said primary and scondary schools are not ready for reopening this January 2021. His remarks comes just two days after Knut treasyrer Mr John Matiangi said theyll oppose any plan to reopen schools this year. Mr Matiangi said if schools reopen this year it will mean January will be the begining for third term as this year will fall under the second term calendar.
Mr Sossion speaking through a popular TV station said reopening of schools should not be rushed.
“We think if, at the rate in which the sector is moving, the country and schools will not be ready for resumption in January, that is the truth in terms of preparations. That is the key thing we will be discussing tomorrow, the CS should be able to tell us the adequate preparations in terms of infrastructure, and TSC should be able to tell us the adequate preparations in terms of recruitment,” said Sossion.
Meanwhile, CS Magoha on Friday called for a meeting of all education stakeholders set for today Monday, September 14, at the Kenyan Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).
The crisis meeting is set to address the confusion surrounding the reopening of learning institutions across the country.
Magoha is trying to beat the deadline set by President Uhuru Kenyatta with less than a week left to consolidate the input of education stakeholders, and present it to the Head of State at the National Consultative Conference.
The Education CS has reiterated his stand that schools will resume in January and hit out at a section of media for misquoting him with reports flying out that learning could resume before the end of 2020.
Other teachers unions Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (Kessha) and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) have also opposed the resumption of learning before January citing a number of reasons including disruption of the school calendar and ill-preparedness of schools.