The ministry of education in Kenya has directed parents to allow their children to follow broadcast lessons offered by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) as schools remain closed due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

In a statement on Wednesday the education ministry urged parents and guardians to ensure children were safe at home and allow them to follow the broadcast lessons so that they don’t miss out on the curriculum calendar.

Education cabinet secretary George Magoha said the ministry upscaled measures to facilitate learning during the period learners are out of school.

“Beginning 23 March, the ministry will enhance curriculum delivery through four different platforms, Radio, TV, YouTube and the Kenya Education Cloud,” Magoha said.

Kenya health cabinet secretary, Mutahi Kagwe. Picture:Twitter/@MOH_Kenya

Following the closure of schools ordered by President Uhuru Kenyatta, 15 million primary and secondary school learners are now at home and need guidance and home based learning.

Kenyatta on Sunday ordered all schools shut down immediately and higher education learning institutions to close down by Friday this week.

The closure of all learning institutions is meant to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

KICD has developed a timetable that will ensure all learners both in primary and secondary schools access lessons.

The institute has partnered with Kenya Broadcasting Cooperation (KBC) to broadcast through daily radio programmes from Monday to Friday through KBC Radio Taifa and KBC English Service.

A worker cleans a classroom desk of a school closed as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus in Sidon

Magoha said Radio Taifa lessons would run from 10am to 11am and the English service will run from 9.15am to 12 O’clock and from 2.00pm to 4.00 pm.

“The ministry will continue to work with all government agencies during this period of school closure and will review the situation from time to time in the best interest of the learners,” Magoha said.

The reported cases of the Covid-19 in the country forced schools to cancel their end of term exams while universities and colleges also resorted to digital and eLearning to ensure students learn away from campus.