The Minister of Education in Kenya said schools should either refund or consent to compensate the parents the school tuition for this academic year, 2020. Following his Tuesday declaration that elementary and secondary schools will not be reopened until 2021, George Magoha addressed concerns as Coronavirus infections were increasing in the country.
The Ministry said all students must repeat the year because schools had closed in mid-March, three months after the school year had started. The Kenyan government also canceled the final year examinations they customarily conduct in October and November. Some parents raised concerns over this year’s school fees. Others said they were paying for online classes, but the following year, their children would have to repeat.
The essence of online classes would be; to keep their children busy, thus preventing their brains from rusting or keeping them from repeating a class. Whatever the reason, the latter will not happen except yielding intellectual results.
The parents’ association in Kenya said online lessons were a perfect way to keep students occupied. Meanwhile, in Uganda, schools have been closed since March, and none is aware of when they will be opened. As lockdown and COVID-19 measures are relaxed, the Coronavirus cases increase in several countries around the globe. Will Uganda, and other African countries copy and paste the Kenyan policies and standards as far as education is concerned? Share your views.