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Covid-19: Kenya Govt Declares closing Schools Till 2021

OKEKUNLE SUNDAY, IBADAN

Kenya Education Minister George Magoha said in a statement that the
curve of COVID-19 infections was expected to flatten only by December.

Kenya on Tuesday declared that its school year was considered lost because of the coronavirus pandemic, and primary and secondary pupils would return to class next January.

Initially, Kenya had planned to reopen schools in September for those in their final years of primary and secondary school to allow them to take their exams, however, the mounting infection rate resulted in the shelving of this plan, the statement said.

The re -opening of universities will take place on a “ case- by- case” basis, and the institutions were encouraged to consider phased re-opening and continue holding virtual!classes and graduation ceremonies.

The decisions “ will apply to all children , ” the statement said, specifying that this included schools offering an international curriculum.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday announced a “ phased reopening ” of the country , with international flights resuming on August 1 and the lifting of internal travel restrictions that had
cordoned off the capital for four months.

The 9pm to 4 am curfew
will remain in place.

However, cases are surging, with over 8, 000 reported infections and 164 deaths.

Faced with this uncertain environment, the stakeholders have
resolved to reopen all basic education learning institutions in
January 2021, ” said Magoha.

“ This is based on the assumption that the infection curve will have
flattened by December , 2020 . ”

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