As you are aware, the Honourable President Uhuru Kenyatta announced on May 1, 2021 that the opening of the Terms of Education for the Third Term of the 2020 Education Calendar will continue as planned.
Pupils who are expected to report to their schools are those in PP1 and PP2, Grade 1 3, Grades 5 – 7 and Form 1 to Form 3.
I wish to emphasize that Grade 4 learners will stay home until July 26, 202 when schools will open in the First Term of the 2021 Education Calendar.
This is necessary because fourth graders were part of the first group of students who reopened in the first phase of the resumption of learning stages after the closure of COVID – 19 in October 2020.
We have received reports that some private schools are planning to repatriate Grade Four students and other groups that are expected to open on Monday. Such schools should stop the program and allow all public and private learning institutions to follow the prescribed calendar.
Strict measures will be taken against schools that open up to Grade 4 candidates. Grade 4 students must be allowed to study at home until they join Grade 5 on July 26, 2021.
The government has spent Ksh.7.5 billion on high schools before the schools reopened. We have also applied to National Treasury for an additional allocation of Ksh.13 billion to secondary schools and Ksh.2.8 billion to primary schools.
We are therefore hopeful that schools will be adequately prepared to put in place compliance with the Department of Health’s guidelines for COVID – 19.
The ministry has already issued a circular to all sector officials to ensure that all schools are ready to receive students on Monday and that all are ready to follow in the footsteps of the Ministry of Health COVID – 19.