Exam classes will open as scheduled (14/09/2020) while non-exam classes will open Monday 21/09/2020
“The first group can report on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday then the other group can report on Thursday and Friday. The following week, the group which reported on Thursday and Friday can report on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The circle continues. The other option is split the classes. This is in a case where the school lacks space to accommodate all the pupils at one time,” says PS Jobbicks Kalumba
DATES FOR REOPENING SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WILL BE AS FOLLOWING:
1) Examination classes under General Education
All examination classes for primary and secondary schools and third year students in colleges of education will reopen on Monday 14 September 2020 as scheduled.
2) Non- examination classes under General Education
In order to give ample time for parents to prepare children in non- examination classes for primary and secondary schools as well as colleges of education, these will reopen on Monday 21 September 2020.
3) Universities and colleges under TEVET
Since the announcement for the reopening of universities and colleges was only made yesterday there may be need for parents and students and learning institutions themselves to be given ample time to prepare.
Accordingly, the reopening of universities and TEVET Institutions will take place on the Monday 28 September 2020
All authorities in institutions of learning are urged to work with health officials, parents, and the community at large to ensure that there is strict adherence to the guidelines provided by both the Ministry of Health and the Ministries in charge education.
Minister of General Education who is also acting Higher Education Minister Dr. Dennis Wanchinga at a briefing today encouraged parents to adequately prepare their children by providing them with face masks.
“Parents are also encouraged to pay school fees in full in order to facilitate for effective teaching and learning. However, in cases where parents may be experiencing financial challenges I wish to urge our learning institutions to engage parents and learners to make payment plans and accept payments in instalments. In certain instances, especially in our rural schools where cash payments may be a challenge, payments in kind should be considered so that no learners are sent away from schools.”
In order to sustain the availability of face masks, school authorities in collaboration with the parents should should work together and ensure that face masks are provided to the learners all the time.
“I also wish to direct our learning Institutions to effectively and efficiently make adequate arrangements to cover the material that was lost during the closure without compromising quality.”
The Minister said further guidance on the school calendar will be provided in due course.