RESUMPTION OF LEARNING IN BASIC EDUCATION LEARNING INSTITUTIONS IN JANUARY 2021

REPUBLIC OF KENYA MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

PRESS RELEASE
NAIROBI, Monday, November 16, 2020 For Immediate Release

RESUMPTION OF LEARNING IN BASIC EDUCATION LEARNING INSTITUTIONS IN JANUARY 2021

During his November 12, 2020 State of the Nation address, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Ministry of Education, in consultation with all stakeholders, to inform Kenyans on the dates for resumption of studies within 14 days.
In compliance with the directive, the Ministry of Education has today met with all stakeholders to deliberate on the current preparedness for full resumption of learning of all learners in all basic education learning institutions on January 4th, 2021.
Today’s meeting reached consensus on the following key milestone dates:

  1. All schools will reopen fully on January 4th 2021. This will apply to all continuing PP1 & 2; Grade 1, 2 and 3; Class 5, 6 and 7; and Form 1, 2 and 3 learners.
  2. All 4 year-olds will join PP1 in July 2021
  3. Pre Primary 1 & 2; Grade 1, 2 & 3; Class 5, 6 & 7; and Form 1, 2 & 3 learners will start their Term 2 on 4th January, 2021 and end on 19th

March 2021 together with the Grade 4 and candidate classes (Class 8 and Form 4)

  1. All learners, except Class 8 and Form 4 candidates, will proceed for a 7-week holiday to allow for KCPE and KCSE examinations administration and marking.
  2. Grade 4 and incoming Form 1 (Class 8 graduates) learners will stay at home as other learners complete their Term 3
  3. Grade 4 CBC learners will transition to Grade 5 in July 2021.
  4. International schools will reopen from January 4th 2021 for all learners still at home.
    All other details regarding specific dates for all school terms for basic education learning institutions, including the KCPE and KCSE examinations timetables, will be provided to you and are appended to this press statement.

I wish to assure the country that the Government is determined to ensure a safe reopening and learning of our schools. In doing so, we are drawing important lessons from the partial reopening that has taken place since October. We are confident that we will remain on the right trajectory to finding the winning formula that will ensure our learning institutions are safe for our learners and teachers.

The Ministry appreciates the support of all parents, counties and development partners in ensuring that schools comply with all the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 safety measures.
Prof. George A. O. Magoha, CBS CABINET SECRETARY
November 16th, 2020

Table 1: 2020 Term Two and Three Schedule for Continuing Learners (PP1 & 2; Grade 1, 2 and 3; Class 5, 6 and 7; and Form 1, 2 and 3)

Opening Closing Duration

Term 2 04/01/2021 19/03/2021 11 Weeks
Holiday 20/03/2021 09/05/2021 7 Weeks
Term 3 10/05/2021 16/07/2021 10 Weeks
Half Term Break 03/06/2021 07/06/2021 3 Days
Holiday 17/07/2021 25/07/2021 1 Week

Table 2: 2021 School Calendar

Opening Closing Duration

Term 1 26/07/2021 01/10/2021 10 Weeks
Half Term Break 26/08/2021 29/08/2021 3 Days
Holiday 02/10/2021 10/10/2021 1 Week
Term 2 11/10/2021 23/12/2021 11 Weeks
Christmas/Holiday Break 24/12/2021 2/01/2022 10 Days
Term 3 03/01/2022 04/03/2022 9 Weeks
KCPE 07/03/2022 10/03/2022 4 Days
KCSE 11/03/2022 01/04/2022 3 Weeks 1 Day
KCSE Marking 04/04/2022 22/04/2022 3 Weeks

Table 3: 2022 School Calendar to begin on 25/04/2022

Opening Closing Duration

Term 1 25/04/2022 01/07/2022 10 Weeks
Half Term Break 26/05/2022 29/05/2022 3 Days
Holiday 2/07/2022 10/07/2022 1 Week
Term 2 11/07/2022 16/09/2022 10 Weeks
Half Term Break 11/08/2022 14/08/2022 3 Days
Holiday 17/09/2022 25/09/2022 1 Week
Term 3 26/09/2022 25/11/2022 9 Weeks
KCPE 28/11/2022 1/12/2022 4 Days
KCSE 01/12/2022 23/12/2022 3 Weeks 1 Day
KCSE Marking 02/01/2023 20/01/2023 3 Weeks

Table 4: 2023 School Calendar to start on 23rd January, 2023

Opening Closing Duration

Term 1 23/01/2023 21/04/2023 13 Weeks
Half Term Break 23/03/2023 26/03/2023 3 Days
Holiday 22/04/2023 07/05/2023 2 Weeks
Term 2 08/05/2023 11/08/2023 13 Weeks
Half Term Break 29/06/2023 02/07/2023 3 Days
Holiday 12/08/2023 27/08/2023 2 Weeks
Term 3 28/08/2023 03/11/2023 10 Weeks
KCPE 06/11/2023 09/11/2023 4 Days
KCSE 10/11/2023 01/12/2023 3 Weeks 1 Day
KCSE Marking 04/12/2023 22/12/2023 3 Weeks