The Star (Nairobi)

30 August 2014

Kenya: Education Ministry Sets School Hours Between 8am to 3.30 PM, Outlaws 6am Morning Classes and Night Preps

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

These are among the provisions in The Basic Education Regulations, 2014, that the Ministry of Education has drafted for discussion and adoption to kickoff 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, Leah Rotich.

The rules provides that students should be allowed between 5.00pm to 9.30 pm to carry out self-directed activities as opposed to loads of homework.

The ministry also propose that the period between 9.30 pm to 6.00 am be used for 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 class work all day long, the ministry said.

"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," the ministry said in a statement.

To ensure proper utilization of the official class work which is between 8.00am and 3.30 pm, the rules out laws learners to wake earlier than 6.00 am in boarding schools.

It also outlaws day primary and secondary schools forcing learners to report to school 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.

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