Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha has directed primary and secondary schools to refund second and third term fees to parents who had paid.
Addressing the press Wednesday, CS Magoha, however said the parents and the institutions can also come to an alternative agreement to let the fee cover for when schools reopen next year.
This comes after Prof. Magoha on Tuesday announced that the 2020 academic year will be considered lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic hence all primary and secondary schools will reopen in January, 2021.
The Education CS, in a press address at KICD said the decision was arrived at following consultations with all industry stakeholders and putting into consideration Covid-19 mitigation measures.
According to the CS, the stakeholders resolved to shelve the initial plan to begin phased reopening in September this year after parents expressed reservations about sending their children to school occasioned by the spike in coronavirus cases.
Prof. Magoha said the 2020 Standard 8 and Form 4 candidates will now sit their KCPE and KCSE examinations respectively later in the year of 2021.
Also all students and pupils will have no choice but to repeat their current classes.
“All learners in grade 1-4 Standard 5 to 7 and Form 1 to 3 to remain in the current classes in 2021” added the CS.
Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions and Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs) will however resume this year respectively, but under strict guidelines.