In this regard, the Government of Kenya has put in place interventions to ensure that learning continues for all Kenyans despite the interruptions occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government closed all learning institutions from 15th March 2020 to curb the spread of the virus.
The pandemic has disrupted learning for over 18 million learners and trainees in Kenya posing a threat to the attainment of Sustainable Development Goal No.4 on access to quality, equitable and inclusive education and training. To address the COVID- 19 pandemic, the Ministry of Education developed a COVID -19 response and recovery plan whose aim is to guide on modalities of provision of accessible quality, equitable and inclusive education and training to all Kenyans during and after the pandemic.
It is also aimed at facilitating production of online teaching and learning materials and to expand existing remote learning programs, to ensure access to learning opportunities provided. World over, countries are planning for re-opening of educational institutions in order to ensure continued learning. Learners, trainees and staff are expected to implement public health measures in order to prevent and control COVID-19 spread.
This document provides guidelines and protocols to guide the basic education sub sector implement measures required by the Public Health to ensure safe school/ college operations. It is anticipated that the learners and trainees will begin their remaining learning time of the respective education level calendar as recommended in the COVID-19 response education committee report.The guidelines have provided measures to be put in place before re-opening, during and after institution re-opening.
All basic educational institutions are called upon to ensure full compliance and implementation of the guidelines and health measures. The Ministry reiterates its commitment to providing quality basic education to all children including those with special needs.