Press release: Resumption of learning in basic education institutions in January 2021

Press release: Resumption of learning in basic education 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.

Todays 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)

4. All learners, except Class 8 and Form 4 candidates, will proceed for a

7week   holiday   to   allow   for   KCPE   and   KCSE   examinations administration and marking.

5. Grade 4 and incoming Form 1 (Class 8 graduates) learners will stay at home as other learners complete their Term 3

6. Grade 4 CBC learners will transition to Grade 5 in July 2021.

7. 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
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)

Term 204/01/202119/03/202111 Weeks
Holiday20/03/202109/05/20217 Weeks
Term 310/05/202116/07/202110 Weeks
Half Term Break03/06/202107/06/20213 Days
Holiday17/07/202125/07/20211 Week

Table 2: 2021 School Calendar

Term 126/07/202101/10/202110 Weeks
Half Term Break26/08/202129/08/20213 Days
Holiday02/10/202110/10/20211 Week
Term 211/10/202123/12/202111 Weeks
Christmas/Holiday Break24/12/20212/01/202210 Days
Term 303/01/202204/03/20229 Weeks
KCPE07/03/202210/03/20224 Days
KCSE11/03/202201/04/20223 Weeks 1 Day
KCSE Marking04/04/202222/04/20223 Weeks
Term 125/04/202201/07/202210 Weeks
Half Term Break26/05/202229/05/20223 Days
Holiday2/07/202210/07/20221 Week
Term 211/07/202216/09/202210 Weeks
Half Term Break11/08/202214/08/20223 Days
Holiday17/09/202225/09/20221 Week
Term 326/09/202225/11/20229 Weeks
KCPE28/11/20221/12/20224 Days
KCSE01/12/202223/12/20223 Weeks 1 Day
KCSE Marking02/01/202320/01/20233 Weeks
Term 123/01/202321/04/202313 Weeks
Half Term Break23/03/202326/03/20233 Days
Holiday22/04/202307/05/20232 Weeks
Term 208/05/202311/08/202313 Weeks
Half Term Break29/06/202302/07/20233 Days
Holiday12/08/202327/08/20232 Weeks
Term 328/08/202303/11/202310 Weeks
KCPE06/11/202309/11/20234 Days
KCSE10/11/202301/12/20233 Weeks 1 Day
KCSE Marking04/12/202322/12/20233 Weeks
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