Magoha directs schools to refund second and third term fees to parents who had paid


Magoha directs schools to refund second and third term fees to parents who had paid
Ministry of Education stakeholders led by CS Prof. George Magoha and CAS Zack Kinuthia address the press on June 8, 2020. PHOTO | JULIUS JOHO | CITIZEN DIGITAL

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha has directed primary and secondary schools to refund second and third term fees to parents who had paid.

CS Magoha, who spoke to the press on Wednesday, however said the parents and the institutions can also come to an alternative agreement to let the fee cover for when schools reopen next year.

This comes after Prof. Magoha on Tuesday announced that the 2020 academic year will be considered lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic hence all primary and secondary schools will reopen in January, 2021.

The Education CS, in a press address at KICD, said the decision was arrived at following consultations with all industry stakeholders and putting into consideration COVID-19 mitigation measures.

According to the CS, the stakeholders resolved to shelve the initial plan to begin phased reopening in September this year after parents expressed reservations about sending their children to school occasioned by the spike in coronavirus cases.

Prof. Magoha said the 2020 Standard 8 and Form 4 candidates will now sit their KCPE and KCSE examinations respectively later in the year of 2021.

The CS stated that all learners in Grade 1 to 4 and Standard 5 to 7 as well as Form 1 to 3 in 2020 will remain in their current classes in 2021.

He also said there will be no KCPE and KCSE examinations in 2021 “because the current Standard 7 and Form 3 students will, practically, not be able to cover the curriculum load for five terms in one year and sit for the examinations.”

“The number of teachers required will increase because secondary schools will have a challenge of having enough teachers, especially for optional subjects, to meet the demand of split classes. In Form One, the compulsory subjects are 11, which will necessitate employment of more teachers to handle the Form One double intake cohorts,” said the CS.

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