Schools’ official reopening date dilemma: check out the disparities in the proposed official schools’ reopening dates
KUPPET in a memo addressed to the Education Emergency Response Team wants KCPE & KCSE candidates to resume studies by mid-June and pre-candidates by August.
The union also wants final-year university students to resume in Mid-June.
Parents, on the other hand, say that the earliest date they can release their children to schools is in September, on condition that the coronavirus is fully-contained.
Parents and teachers’ unions have differed on the schools’ re-opening date. Whereas KUPPET wants candidates to report to school by June 15, 2020, parents say that their children will only resume studies in September, if the virus has been contained.
KUPPET also wants final year students in Kenyan universities and colleges to report back in Mid-June. Through a detailed memorandum addressed to the Education Emergency Response Team, KUPPET also proposes that pre-candidates that is learners in Form three, class seven and class six resume studies by August.
In a disclaimer however, KUPPET secretary-general Akello Misori set the record straight saying that the proposals are based on experiences from other countries but the final say on schools’ reopening date lies with the Ministry of Health.