School reopening date moved by a week – Principal Secretary Kipsang

Saturday, August 10th, 2019 00:00 |
Education CS George Magoha (right) with his PS Belio Kipsang. Photo/TABITHA MBATIA

The government has extended the school reopening dates by a week. Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang said the decision to extend the reopening dates from August 27, 2019, to September 2, 2019, was taken to enable the population census exercise to take place.

“For the forthcoming census to be successful, it is the desire of the National Bureau of Statistics that there be minimum movements of the population so that they get as many people as possible in conventional households,” Belio said in a circular dated August 8, 2019.

Consequently, he said the reopening dates for term three has been rescheduled to commence on September 2, 2019, and end on October 25, 2019.

“This will enhance the date quality as all students will be captured,” Belio said in a circular addressed to all regional directors of education and county directors of education and copied to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), and the chairmen of the Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association and Kenya Primary Schools Heads Association.

The national census is scheduled to be conducted on the night of August 24 and 25, 2019.

Belio's move comes two days after the acting National Treasury Cabinet secretary Ukur Yatani said they had requested the Education Ministry to change the reopening dates.

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