Heavy Fee Burden Awaits Parents As KUPPET Has This To Tell Teachers
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha on Monday announced a three-year comprehensive plan for resumption of learning programme and recovery of the lost terms, months after schools were closed in march 2020 due to COVID -19.
The seven weeks Stay at home to allow for proper facilitation of KCPE and KCSE examinations will additionally lead to loss of a whole term.
As per the plan, all schools will reopen fully on 4th January 2021. The learners currently at home will join form four, class eight and Grade Four learners who opened in October. Term two will end in March 19th 2021, in readiness for KCPE and KCSE scheduled to start on 22nd march and 26th march respectively. As the rest resume for term three in may, grade four and class eight graduates will remain home, awaiting a fresh academic year in July.
In 2022, KCPE will start on 7th March while KCSE will start on 11th March. In 2023, KCPE will commence in late November, and KCSE will be done from early December through to Christmas Eve.
Parents are the most hit by The shortened terms since they bring forth an extra burden of school fees, amidst economic hardships effected by Covid-19.seeking school fees with a one week break is hectic for most parents. Even parents, who rely on loans, may find it tough to get loan approvals within such short times. Most parents are questioning why the fees have remained unchanged yet the terms have been shortened.
“The CS assured us that parents who had paid fees for the whole of 2020 are not required to pay anything. Those who paid for first term will now pay for the remaining two terms in January,” said Gathemia, the parents’ association chairman.
KUPPET Secretary General Akelo Misori, urged teachers to understand that these are not normal times since their workloads may be affected.
“They should also appreciate as a gesture of goodwill that for the last eight months TSC has not cut their salaries despite them not going to work. They should also sacrifice. If we look at our rights, the compressed term dates will affect us negatively,” he said.