President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive to fully reopen schools in January 2021 has forced education stakeholders to go back to the drawing in an attempt to solve the curriculum crises.
2020 national candidates and Grade 4 students were directed to stay in school with exams still slated for March 2021.
Other students will join them in 2021 after the Ministry of Education settles on reopening dates.
Stakeholders, however, stated that the 2021 reopening plan will have an effect on various students, especially the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) candidates and nursery school pupils.
The current Form Four class will likely stay out of school longer after KCSE exams unless universities and colleges undertake double intake programs. The tertiary institutions are already affected as some have two lots of first-year students. Other lots have also stayed at home for over a year due to congestion.
Those pupils who were to be enrolled in nursery students may also be forced to sit at home longer than expected as those classes will be fully occupied.
Stakeholders also argued that current pupils may have to retake classes as sitting at home for over a years has hampered their growth and development.