Professor George Magoha, the Education Cabinet Secretary, has reassured parents and guardians that schools will reopen on May 10th as planned.
The CS was assuaging concerns that the country’s high COVID-19 infection rate would bring unprecedented delays in school reopening.
Speaking in Kiambu County on Monday while supervising the opening of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams container, CS Magoha asserted that current data shows a decline in COVID-19 infections across the country.
“I’m hoping since it looks like the pandemic is going to flatten, there is no need for me to summon stakeholders as the timetable is likely to remain the same for the rest of the year,” CS Magoha said
Meanwhile, the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education – KCPE – results will be released within the week to allow for timely form one selection.
This is after completetion of the marking of Insha and Composition papers which contribute forty per cent in the final Kiswahili and English papers respectively.
Sources at the Ministry of Education hinted that the KCPE exam results could be out anytime this week.
On March 26, 2021, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a halt to all movement from five counties as the COVID-19 outbreak reached its worst ever stage in the country.
Under the new directive, Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu and Nakuru would be treated as one zone and residents would be barred from crossing over to other counties.
“You can therefore move freely within the five counties. You will not however be able to leave and enter the One Zoned Area,” Nzioka Waita, the Chief of Staff at President’s office, said on Twitter.
At the time, the positivity rate of coronavirus in Kenya had hit 22% compared with January’s 2%.
Latest statistics point to a positivity rate of 11.8% with the country’s cumulative number of positive cases at 145,670.
Positivity rate is the percentage of people who test positive for the virus of those overall who have been tested