secondary students.

Cabinet has cleared for the reopening of schools to non-candidate students. The schools were closed in March last year as a measure to control the spread of coronavirus disease.

Though there are no dates so far announced for the official reopening, the cabinet noted in their communication Tuesday morning that schools will now be allowed to reopen in a staggered manner that will ensure compliance with coronavirus SOPs.

The Ministers decided that in order to finish up the academic year and ensure progression, all semi candidate classes, which include primary six, senior three and senior five should report back to school in the short term and study with the candidate classes.

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Meanwhile, pre-primary schools will remain closed because the learners in this category cannot observe SOPs and are prone to respiratory infections. It added that because many of the pre-primary institutions are day-based, there is a lot of interaction between learners, and parents, teachers which would increase the risk of contracting the virus.