Under pressure from education sector school leaders, George Magoha, the cabinet secretary for education, has ruled out extending the school year.
The government is concerned to make sure the school calendar returns to normal in January, according to Magoha, who was speaking after introducing Competency Based Curriculum classrooms in Njiru.
He said that despite the tumultuous political climate, there are currently no intentions to change the calendar.
Everybody seems to be worried that time should be extended, in my assessment most schools have already completed the syllabus, they just need to revise, and all will be well, those that think the term will be short, we wait and cross the bridge when we get there,” he stated
Magoha declared that the scheduled administration of the national exams would occur.
Given that the second term is scheduled to expire on September 16, schools are required to make up lost time in the following four weeks.
In an effort to make up for the lost time in the already constricted academic calendar, Magoha stated last week that schools would not be closed in the case of a repeat election.
The education CS added that since most counties have completed 85% of them, the government is on track to implement junior secondary classrooms.
He advised administrators to engage with the parent to find a solution rather than sending any students home for failing to pay their tuition.
He also maintained that the schools in eight electoral areas where the by elections are slated to be held on Monday will remain closed for just a day as stated yesterday.
“Children remaining in school, there is a lot to do, you can have discussions, play in the fields and those staying home for a day you can read books, let’s leave a lot of politics out of this,” he stated.