Ministry of Education Announces Tight School Calendar

Ministry of Education Announces Tight School Calendar

Schools that opened for the 2020 third term on Monday, May 10, 2021, will close for a one-week break on July 10, 2021, Education CS George Magoha has said.

The CS said the tighter academic calendar was deliberately created to enable his ministry to accelerate the completion of school terms and compensate for the long holidays that were occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prof Magoha, who spoke while releasing results for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) 2020, said all the classes, including the 14 new Grade 5 learners and Form One Class, will start the First Term of the 2021 academic year on July 26, 2021.

“The upshot of this accelerated calendar will be that students will have five examinations next year,” he said.

“2021 KCPE and KCSE will be held in March 2022, in December 2022, we will administer the 2022 KCPE and KCSE, and also the Grade Six Summative Examination for the pioneer CBC cohort," he said.

On Friday, the Ministry of Education outlawed plans by some private schools to have Grade 4 learners report back to school ahead of official re-opening.

Schools re-opened, Monday, for the third term of 2020, the last stretch in the road to recover the time lost following the shutdown of learning institutions in March 2020.