Last Updated at: 2021-06-18 05:21:46
Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) chairman Peter Orero has reassured stakeholders that sporting championships will commence this year.
The decision was reached during a four-day caucus attended by KSSSA officials and their counterparts from the Ministry of Education in Nakuru.
Orero announced that KSSSA officials and their counterparts from the Ministry of Education are concerned that many talented youngsters have been denied an opportunity to develop their skill since the coronavirus pandemic forced the suspension of KSSSA championships in March last year and want a quick resumption of the championships to allow students to use their talent and energy in productive ways.
“The Ministry of Education called a stakeholders meeting to brainstorm on how co-curricular activities can resume in schools and colleges as soon as possible. We were in agreement that we cannot replace the talents currently being wasted by lack of activities in schools and colleges and have agreed in principle that co-curricular activities must begin as soonest possible,” Said Orero
The meeting which started on Sunday and ended on Wednesday last week was attended by among others, representatives from Kenya Special Needs Education, Kenya Primary Schools Sports Association, KSSSA, and those from Kenya Schools and Colleges Drama Festival.
The meeting came up with a program for the resumption of co-curricular activities in schools and colleges which was forwarded to Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha for approval. Last year, the Ministry of Education met top KSSSA officials in Kigari, Embu to draft guidelines for the resumption of sporting activities.
During the retreat, KSSSA officials also made changes to rules to be used during school games and suggested ways of dealing with possible challenges during the implementation of Covid-19 protocols.
KSSSA championships were abruptly suspended in March last year when Kenya reported its first confirmed case of Covid-19. At the time, Term One games involving basketball, hockey, rugby, handball, and cross country had reached the regional stage. The games have never resumed.
In the released calendar, term one games (which include Athletics, cross country, basketball, hockey, and handball) will be held in term one 2021 which kicks off in July.
On the other hand, term two games (Soccer, Netball, Volleyball, and Racquet games) will be held in the second term which kicks off in October.
They shall be held in December 2021 dates to be communicated by FEASSSA executive council later
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