The cabinet secretary for education, Professor Magoha, on 16th November 2020 announced the new academic school calendar for all learners in pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools in Kenya. Speaking after the stakeholders’ meeting in Nairobi, the CS announced that they have reached a consensus that all basic learning institutions will resume full face-to-face learning on January 4th, 2021, for Term 2.
In the updated school term dates, the 2020 candidates sat for their national exams, KCPE and KCSE, in March/April 2021.
The next KCPE and KCSE exams will be done in March 2022 (the current class 7 and form 3). There will be another national exam for the KCPE and KCSE candidates in December, the same year, 2022.
On labour day, Ist May 2021, the president stated that schools will open and continue learning according to the scheduled calendar earlier published by the Ministry of Education.
That is, there will be no change to the current education calendar, for primary and secondary schools.
The term dates and opening dates for learners in teacher training colleges (secondary and primary education) were also released by the education minister.
The stakeholders meeting agreed on the following key dates for the Kenya school calendar:
PP1 and 2; Grade 1,2,3; class 5,6 and 7; and Form 1,2 and 3 learners will resume learning when schools reopen on January 4th, 2021.
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).
All 4 year-olds will join PP1 in July 2021.
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.
Grade 4 and the incoming Form 1 (Class 8 graduates) learners will stay at home as other learners complete their Term 3.
Grade 4 CBC learners will transition to Grade 5 in July 2021.
International schools will reopen from January 4th, 2021 for all learners still at home.
Here is the 2020 – 2021 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), from the schools reopening date up to the time of completion of Term 3.
In this school calendar, all schools resumed person-to-person learning on 4th, January 2021 for an 11 weeks term 2 before breaking on a 7 weeks holiday to pave way for KCSE and KCPE examinations.
The Complete 2021 School Calendar
The new 2021 school year will begin on July 26th, 2021 for Term 1. Students will then close for Term 1 on 1st October 2021.
Term 2 will start on 11th October 2021 and end on 23rd December 2021, after 11 weeks of teaching and learning.
The third term will begin on January 3rd, 2022, and end on March 4th, 2022 to pave way for the 2021 KCPE and KCSE exams.
The 2021 KCPE exam will start on 07/03/2022 and will end on 10/03/2022, after 4 days of the exercise. The KCSE candidates will sit for their 2021 exams beginning from 11/33/2022 to 01/04/2022.