Teachers decry new term dates set by Education CS.

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    Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi’s decision to change the school calendar has been met with mixed reaction from stakeholders; teachers and parents have expressed disappointment with the new school calendar released by the Education Cabinet Secretary.

    Speaking during a Prize giving Ceremony at Mwingi Boys’ Secondary School in Mwingi Town, KNUT Secretary Jonathan Mutambu said the change will hurt the school’s regular term schedule.

    He said this will also hurt teachers especially those that are enrolled into school-based learning programmes during vacations.

    Mutambu said two weeks will not be enough for teachers to go for further studies and for parents to plan for fees payment.

    Kitui County Private School Association Vice chairman Julius Mutukaa echoed Mutambu’s sentiments and urged Education CS Fred Matiang’i to revisit his decision and revert school term dates as they were last year.

    CS Matiang’i last month announced 2016 examination dates, with the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam slated to run from November 1 to 3 after which KCSE will start on November 7 to 30. School Principals will be charged with overseeing the sitting of exams.

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    The Cabinet Secretary stated that the second term would be extended by one week hence schools will break for the holidays on August 12.

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