Schools heading for the longest holiday from 23 Nov to 23 Jan

Schools heading for the longest holiday from 23 Nov to 23 Jan

Public and private primary and secondary schools are heading towards beginning of the longest school holiday this week.

Already secondary schools closed earlier last week due to KCSE exams which started this week on Monday.

KCSE rehearsals happened on 18th November which was Friday last week. The exams are scheduled to start on 21st November and end on 23rd December.

Some primary schools are closing as early as today. This is to pave way for beginning of Grade 6 and Class 8 national exams.

During the examination period Knec has allowed only a number of people inside exam centres. The measured are aimed to curb exam malpractices.

Knec has authorized only the following persons to be in the examination centres during KPSEA, KCPE and KCSE exam periods.
1 Centre Manager;

2 Deputy Principal/Headteacher;- where an examination centre has more than one deputy then the centre manager shall designate one deputy to assist him/her;

3 Supervisor(s);

4 Invigilator(s);

5 Gatekeeper;

6 Laboratory technician and science teacher only during practicals;

7 Authorized support staff to prepare meals for candidates who will strictly restrict their movements to the Kitchen.

This year Grade 6 and Class 8 learners will have KPSEA and KCPE exams starting on 28th November and ending on 30th November 2022.

KPSEA and KCPE rehearsals will be this Friday 25th November 2022. Though Ministry of Education said schools should close on 25th November many schools are closing early due to the national exams.

The fate of KPSEA candidates in transition to junior secondary is still unknown. However KCPE candidates, according PS for Basic Education, will join Form One on 30th January 2023.

Around 1,268,830 Grade 6 learners will sit for KPSEA exams and 1,230,000 candidates for KCPE exams while Form 4 for KCSE are about 880,000.

Schools are closing for at least two months making this holiday the longest. Schools will reopen on 23rd January 2023 when the school calendar normalizes after disruption by Covid-19.

Below is the new school calendar that was released by Ministry of Education to guide schools next year.

A: PRE-PRIMARY, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS 2023 CALENDER

 OPENINGCLOSINGDURATION
Term 123rd January 202321st April 202313 weeks
Half term break23rd March 202326th March 20233 days
Holiday22nd April 20237th May 20232 weeks
Term 28th May 202311th August 202313 weeks
Half Term Break29th June 20232nd July 20233 days
Holiday12th August 202327th August 20232 weeks
Term 328th August 20233rd November 202310 weeks
KCPE6th November 20239th November 20234 days
KCSE10th November 20231st December 20233 weeks

B. TEACHERS TRAINING COLLEGES CALENDER FOR 2022 AND 2023 CONTINUING STUDENTS

(I) DIPLOMA IN TEACHER EDUCATION (SECONDARY)

(II) DIPLOMA IN PRIMARY TEACHER EDUCATION

A: PRE-PRIMARY, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS 2023 SCHOOL CALENDER

 OPENINGCLOSINGDURATION
Term 129th August 20222nd December 202214 weeks
Term 223rd January 202321st April 202313 weeks
Holiday22nd April 20237th May 20232 weeks
Term 38th May 202311th August 202313 weeks
Holiday12th August 20231st September 20233 weeks
Term 14th September 202318th November 202312 weeks
Holiday19th November 202331st December 20236 weeks

Ministry of Education also released a circular warning schools against conducting holiday tuition.

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