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COVID-19: School Year Lost As Kenya Set To Resume Activities In 2021

The Kenyan Government on Tuesday declared that primary and secondary school pupils would resume classes by January 2021 because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

According to AFP news agency, pupils in Kenya have spent over four months at home with no academic activities which led to educational backwardness for the children.

Kenya has recorded over 8,000 COVID-19 infections and 164 deaths.

The Minister of Education, George Magoha, said in a press statement that the curve of COVID-19 was expected to flatten only by December.

Kenya closed schools on March 15 when it had only three confirmed cases, among a raft of measures taken that month, including a night time curfew to combat the spread of the virus.

The Ministry of Health added that as a result of increase in the COVID-19 cases primary and secondary school examinations would not be held and the 2020 school year calendar would be considered lost.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday declared a phase of reopening the country, with international flights to resume on August 1.

Initially Kenya had planned to reopen schools in September for those in their final years of primary and secondary school to allow them take their exams, however, the mounting infection rate led to the shelving of the plan.


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