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An Organization Proposes The Start Of A New School Calendar To Be September

Usawa Agenda has proposed to the ministry to consider moderating the academic calendar to start in September. If the ministry of education adopts this proposal, then ECDE, primary and secondary school learners will begin a new school year in September 2021, after fully recovering 2020 term two and term three syllabus.

“This would give teachers reasonable duration to cover term two and term three work compared to the June calendar,” said Dr. Emmanuel Manyasa, usawa agenda executive director. Under the usawa agenda proposal, Grade four, class eight and form four learners will complete their second term lessons in December and not resume in January with the rest of the learners.

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On 3rd January 2021, only the learners currently at home would reopen to complete the term two syllabus. In May 2021, all the learners will resume school for their third term, which will end in July 2021.

Manyasa proposes that KCPE and KCSE to be done in either July or august 2021, once third term ends.

“All the classes would then start a new academic year in September with easy transition of learners to high school, tertiary and university education,” the director quipped.

Usawa Agenda’s proposal comes at a time when the task force on reopening of schools has too much headache concerning how to reasonably recover the lost school year. Some members of the task force proposed skipping some topics, a proposal that Manyasa seemed not to be satisfied with.

“It would be very insensitive not to cover the syllabus, as inadequate syllabus coverage leads to mass failure among learners. About 70% of KCSE candidates for instance, who sat examinations last year scored D+ and below because of syllabus coverage. We cannot afford to mess with that,” the Usawa Agenda boss argued.

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