The Ministry of Education has officially disclosed the school opening dates for the first term Amidst Strike Challenges
The Ministry of Education has officially disclosed the school opening dates for the first term of 2024, with a statement issued on Christmas Day.
According to the announcement, pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools are set to commence on January 8, 2024. Additionally, students joining Form 1 are expected to report to their respective schools a week later on January 15.
Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu issued a directive urging field officers to be present at their duty stations on all working days. Their role is to assist parents in making necessary preparations for the upcoming 2024 school calendar.
Machogu also appealed to parents and guardians to actively support learners in getting ready for the imminent school reopening.
In light of the festive season, Machogu emphasized the importance of parents exercising their utmost parental responsibility to protect their children.
He cautioned against the temptations that might lead learners astray and specifically highlighted the need to address the dangers of drug and substance abuse, which has become prevalent in some parts of the country.
However, amidst the government’s communication regarding school resumption, challenges may loom for Junior Secondary School (JSS) students.
Over 20,000 intern teachers have issued a strike notice, effective from the first term of 2024. The JSS teachers are embroiled in a dispute with the Teachers Service Commission over their request for permanent and pensionable job status.
The teachers are protesting the commission’s decision to retain them as interns on a stipend for the second year, raising concerns about the potential impact on student’s education. Government efforts to address the concerns of JSS teachers will be crucial in ensuring a smooth start to the academic year.