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Public has until 5pm give views on school reopening date

Kenyans have until five o’clock today to give their views to the National Covid-19 Education Response Committee that will advise Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha on whether schools should reopen on June 4 or the date be postponed.

Prof Magoha is expected to brief the Senate next week on the progress of e-learning amid concerns that it might take time to resume face-to-face learning because of the pandemic.

This comes as a task force on the reopening of schools chaired by Ms Sarah Ruto continued to receive views from education stakeholders on when traditional learning should resume in school.

Nominated Senator Beatrice Kwamboka Makori on Tuesday petitioned the Senate to have Prof Magoha explain the measures he intends to take to ensure any imbalances in access to educational materials are tackled so that students who cannot access online classes are brought up to par.

Prof Magoha is also expected to clarify whether parents/guardians will be expected to pay full school fees for second term given that the fees for first term were not fully used after schools were prematurely closed.

He is also expected to shed light on the efficiency of e-learning with regard to students’ concentration and understanding of the subjects.

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