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School terms dates will not be extended, Kaimenyi insists

07 October 2015, 13:30 Arap Yego

Nairobi - Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi has ruled out any further revision and extension of school term dates following the end of the teachers strike in the country.

The CS said national examinations for both Primary and Secondary schools will in the country be conducted as scheduled and the academic calendar will remain as earlier announced by the ministry of Education.

"There will be no change in the school term dates. The public institutions should close by November 20, as per the circular we issued late last month," he said.

Stakeholders in the education sector, including officials of teachers unions have made appeals to the government to extend the school terms and the administration of national examinations, to enable the learners recover the lost time, after the suspension of the month long strike.

"We extended the academic calendar by one week because during the period of the pay dispute there was little learning in most schools while others. That was final and teachers should cover the remaining time next year," said the CS, who also directed that schools should forego the half term breaks".

Kaimenyi who spoke after officiating the launch of the 2014 Basic Education Statistical Booklet, at the same time directed school heads not to refund parents their cash which was unutilized during the strike, but role over the funds to the coming term.

The Musau Ndunda led Kenya National Association of Parents(KNAP) has been vocal in calling for the reimbursement of part of the school fees paid by its members, arguing that parents have paid fees which was budgeted to last for the normal 39 week calendars, which has been reduced by the strike.

Mr Ndunda at a recent press conference appealed to the education ministry to direct public schools to refund the excess money that will remain in their accounts because of the teachers strike.

"Head teachers of secondary schools in conjunction with their respective board of managements should sit down and look at the expenditure of the institutions. The balance after deducting all the expenses should be carried forward to the subsequent terms, not refunded," explained Kaimenyi.

The 2014 Basic Education Statistical Booklet launched by the Education CS will give stakeholders in the sector timely and reliable data, which will assist in planning and formulation of policies.

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