Schools in Kenya started reopening on the 12th October, initially for three classes crucial to transitioning to the next education level. This signals the Government's determination to try and salvage an academic year disrupted by a six-month closure. It was originally expected that all students would be asked to repeat this year since so much teaching time was lost due to the coronavirus.
The Kenyan Education Cabinet Secretary instructed that the first phase of students returning to school will be grade four, standard eight and form four who are to report for their second term on Monday 12th October 2020. Phase two will see the remaining students restarting their education the following week.
The Government has opted for a phased reopening, giving priority to the Competency Bases Curriculum (CBC), the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam candidates, who are now scheduled to sit their tests in March and April 2021.
Although social distancing is expected to remain a challenge (as it has in Europe), it is hoped that it will not prevent any student from returning to school.
The shortened term will take just 11 weeks, with schools closing again on the 23rd December for the Christmas break. It is expected that all schools will reopen on the 4th January 2021.
Assist2Educate has been actively supporting our students during the COVID 19 pandemic with funds raised specially for this purpose. We sent over further funds to help our students prepare for their return to school. The funds were for personal protective equipment so students could return to school safely.
We want to thank everyone for their continued support of the students during this very difficult period.
13th October 2020
In the Spring, when the coronavirus was spreading quickly throughout Europe, there were serious concerns about how badly the virus would threaten Africa. It was thought that with many areas of poverty, dense living arrangements and limited universal health services the virus would spread quickly and dangerously through some African nations like Nigeria and Kenya.
The outturn has been quite different. Reported cases of the virus and deaths have been modest compared with many European countries and the USA. Some experts sight low testing rates and poor data collection to suggest the data are simply not reliable. But mass deaths from the virus, even in remote locations, would not have gone unnoticed. Rather it appears that Africa has not been as badly impacted as feared. By why?
It is well known that the elderly suffer more from COVID-19 than the young. Africa has a very young population compared with Europe and many infected people in Africa show no symptoms. South Africa has, perhaps, the oldest average age in Africa and is one of the worst impacted areas. Also, the elderly are often looked after in extended families rather than is care homes, which have been an epicentre of disease in Europe. Although transmission rates are high in some countries, the resulting illness and deaths have been modest.
However, may countries have locked down areas of their economies and those that rely heavily on international tourists have been hard hit.
13th October 2020