Several private schools have defied the directive issued by Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha on the resumption of learning for Grade Four students.
However, the private schools have told the students to report back to school on Wednesday, May 12.
“After consultations, we have seen it fit for them to report back to school on May 12 to ensure we keep them engaged with normal learning,” read a message sent to parents from Garden Estate Academy in Nairobi.
The Ministry of Education had directed the students to stay at home to allow other grades to complete their third term as well as maintain the social distance policy issued by the Ministry of Health.
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Grade Four, along with Grade eight and Form four candidates, completed their syllabus last term during the first phase of reopening.
A section of parents faulted the private schools for the move citing that they were not consulted. They noted that the schools ought to follow the clear guidelines stipulated by the education ministry.
Some parents also complained that the schools are taking advantage of the long break issued to the students to exploit them.
“We had not been consulted and it elicited a lot of concerns with some parents supporting the school while some of us are opposed,” one of the parent stated