According to the tentative calendar, the education ministry has dropped the phased reopening of schools, with children likely to report to school within the first week of January next year.
The phased reopening plan had been proposed to manage the multiple cohorts of classes, as well as ensuring that COVID-19 standard operating procedures are observed in schools.
However, education ministry sources who spoke on anonymity grounds, have indicated that schools are expected to reopen on January 3, 2022.
The sources indicate that the ministry has also adopted normal school terms of 86 days, but with special considerations for current semi-candidates, who will eventually become candidates within the same year, and proposed to write their examinations starting May next year.
The ministry is also expected to adopt the automatic promotion for all children and that all children who will have turned six years as of January next year, will join Primary One. END