In Summary
  • Optimistic parents in Mombasa County expressed their joy as the ministry began rolling out the CBC in public schools across the country.
  • Parents in the North Rift flocked to bookshops and uniform outlets in Eldoret Town to buy various items for their children.

Schools across the country reopened on Thursday to a year and new term packed with various activities among them the launch of the new curriculum and reporting of Form One students.

Early Childhood and Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang - in a circular dated January 2 to all regional, county and sub-county directors - ordered all field officers to resume duty to oversee the reopening of schools.

"You need to ensure that the learning institutions in your areas of work are safe and secure and that learning is going on uninterrupted," he said.

He asked the county directors to liaise with respective county commissioners to ensure individuals who attempt to disrupt learning are dealt with in accordance with the law.

On Thursday, parents and learners were busy preparing themselves for the opening of schools.

CURRICULUM

A spot check by the Nation established that bookshops and uniform retailers were filled to capacity as parents ensured their children had what they needed before they report to school.

The Education ministry in December pushed the opening date of schools from Wednesday to Thursday.

On Wednesday, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said the ministry was ready for the opening of schools.

As the new term begins, county directors are also expected to oversee the rollout of the Competence-Based Curriculum that is expected to replace the 8-4-4 system.

On Thursday, the Kenya National of Union of Teachers (Knut) and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) met following a court order compelling the two parties to negotiate.

STRIKE

In Migori County, teachers reported for the first day of the school term following court orders that barred the looming strike that had been called by Knut.

However, schools registered low class attendance as many learners failed to turn up.

Migori Knut executive secretary Caleb Opondi said teachers decided to obey the court which barred teachers from going on strike.

In Kisumu, there was a low turn out of pupils, especially in rural areas where the parents preferred to keep their children at home and release them on Monday next week.

Ayaro primary in Kisumu East Constituency, with a population of 420 pupils, only recorded a turnout of 100 pupils, with no pupils reporting in grade one and only nine in grade two.

However, schools in urban areas, such as Migosi primary, had close to full attendance and learning commenced on Thursday.

NOTICE

Optimistic parents in Mombasa County expressed their joy as the ministry began rolling out the CBC in public schools across the country.

“I am here at Ganjoni Primary School for my child's admission. The curriculum is good because parents will be involved in their children’s learning,” Ms Miriam Mukuhi, a parent of a grade one pupil, said.

Ganjoni headteacher Nthiga Alfred said grade one admission at the school was at 100 percent.

In Tana River County, most schools were almost empty, while in others, pupils reported to school as late as 11am.

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