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Education ministry prescribes official school hours

BY Metro Reporter
The Ministry of Education has now prescribed the official school hours for all public and private day Primary and Secondary schools to be 8.00 am to 3.30 pm class hours and 3.30 pm to 4.45 pm for games and clubs.

These are among the provisions in The Basic Education Regulations, 2014 that the Ministry of Education has drafted for discussion and adoption to operationalize the Basic Education Act, 2013.
Education Stakeholders held a workshop at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) to deliberate on the proposed rules and regulations. The discussion was chaired by the Acting Education Secretary, Mrs. Leah Rotich.
The rules provides that that students should be allowed between 5.00pm to 9.30 pm to carry out self-directed, and have  the period between 9.30 pm to 6.00 am to rest.
 The period between 6.00 am to 8.00 am just before the commencement of official class work has been earmarked for supervised routine activities.
The rules on official school hours are aimed at enabling learners to play, and curtail confining them to classwork all day long.
It is also meant to ensure teachers use official teaching hours to teach, instead of malingering only to take up time students need to play or direct their own learning activities, to teach off hours and demand that parents pay for the extra tuition they are providing outside official teaching hours.
To ensure proper utilization of the official classwork which is between 8.00am and 3.30 pm, the rules outlaws boarding compel learners to wake earlier than 6.00 am.
It also outlaws day primary and secondary schools compel learners to report earlier than 7.15 am. It makes reporting hour to a boarding institution for learners in to be 6.30 pm subject to proven travelling challenges.
In attendance included the officials of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), their Kenya Union of Post Primary Teachers (KUPPET), Association of Private Schools, senior Ministry of Education officials among others.
At the same time, the Ministry of Education seeks to change learning and vacation.
Under the proposed regulations, the first (1st) term learning for basic education and training institutions shall be from first Monday of September to last Friday of November bringing to thirteen (13) weeks of learning. Students are expected, to do seven (7) days Community Outreach for all students/pupils during the First week of December.
Under the proposed regulations the second term learning shall be from first Monday of January to last Friday of March bringing   to thirteen (13) weeks of learning. This should be followed by seven (7) days of Community Outreach for all students/ pupils during the First week of April.
Finally, the third term learning shall be from first Monday of May to last Friday of July bringing   to thirteen (13) weeks of learning and followed by be seven (7) days of Community Outreach for all students/pupils during the First week of August.
Third term vacation shall be for Five (5) weeks in August.
The Community outreach one week during school vocations under the supervision of the respective Board of Management in collaboration with Parents Teachers’ Associations.
The Community outreach activities shall include but not limited to environmental cleaning, tree planting, charity walks and other voluntarily services to the community.

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