The coronavirus pandemic has forced a change of our routine behaviour across the various systems and one of them is the education sector. Early this week, the government directed that primary, secondary and tertiary institutions to be closed by Friday this week. This meant that all of the students are now at home due to the containment coronavirus strategies by the government.
This move has disrupted the legacy system of students interacting with their teachers in physical classrooms and has warranted them to seek alternative means.
The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Professor Magoha has today said that the government will facilitate learning through radio, television, YouTube and the Kenya Education Cloud for the 15 million learners that are home thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. This will start on Monday 23rd, which is next week.
The CS said that the ministry has partnered with the state broadcaster, the Kenya Broadcasting Services, to broadcast radio programs daily from Monday to Friday through their Radio Taifa and English Service.
Radio Taifa lessons will run from 10 am to 11 am and the English Service lessons will run from 9:15 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 4 pm.
The CS said that for television learning, the lessons will be transmitted on the Kenya Institute and Curriculum Development (KICD)Edu-Channel TV. This content will be uploaded to their YouTube Channel.
The CS also said that students can also access content from the Kenya Education Cloud website which has KICD approved materials.
This move also follows what a Kenyan ed tech startup was offering where they planned to train teachers on online learning.