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The country says the 2020 school year will be considered lost due to Covid-19

Schools in Kenya will reopen in January 2021 and not September 2020 as planned, with the number of coronavirus infections in the country continuing to climb.

“The school calendar of this year will be considered lost due to Covid-19,” education secretary George Magoha said on Tuesday in a televised address from the capital, Nairobi.

Primary and secondary final-year learners will sit for their examinations “later next year”. he said.

The East African nation has confirmed 8,067 virus infections since March when the first case was discovered, and the attendance of school in physical classrooms was suspended as part of measures to curb its spread.

Kenya has tested almost 200,000 people, with about 8% of tests returning positive in recent days.

Schooling will remain one of Kenya’s sectors most-affected by the virus after President Uhuru Kenyatta announced lifting restrictions on travel into and out of the nation’s two biggest cities on Monday.

Kenyatta also said international passenger flights will resume from August 1.

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