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(Opinion) Primary & Secondary School Academic Calendar Should Start In August Instead Of May

Yesterday, the president of Kenya issued good news to students and teachers and students ahead of school reopening amid Covid 19. This was indeed a huge boost to schools as education was really lagging behind.

As per the report issued by the education cabinet secretary, Prof George Magoha, schools are set to reopen this Month as at date 10. That means that schools, parents and students are only remaining with eight days to make all the necessary preparations. On the other hand, the ministry of health has its records indicating that we are at a positivity rate of 12.8%.

More concern is at the primary and secondary school levels where supervision must be rendered to the learners for activities to run smoothly. With such a high positivity rate, it's my suggestion that the academic calendar that's set to start next week should be rescheduled to commence on August.

Putting into account the fact that there no lockdown, curfew hours were reduced, bars, hotels and restaurants are open, we cannot expect the rates to reduce anytime soon. Besides, the ministry of health has not completed the teacher's vaccination exercise and since all schools were to resume at once then the period from now to August is enough for the succession of the exercise. It will be unsafe to allow schools to resume when we all know that it's yet to be safe.

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