Kenya’s Ministry of Education has said all schools will reopen on January 4.
According to the Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, the first term will end on March 19.
“In compliance with the directive, the Ministry of Education has 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 4,” said Magoha.
“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 of 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″ said the cabinet secretary at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) after a meeting with Education stakeholders.
Grade 4, Class 8 and Form 4, currently in school, will also resume their third term on January 4.
On Sunday, Kenya recorded 972 new COVID-19 cases bringing the cumulative number of positive cases in the country to 70,245.
Besides the surge in coronavirus cases in the country, the CS was quick to assure the country that the government was determined to ensure a safe reopening and learning in 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,” assured Magoha.
In the new school calendar, term three for Pre-Primary 1 and 2, Grades 1-3, Class 5, 6 and 7, as well as Form 1, 2 and 3 learners is set to run for 10 weeks, from May 10 to July 16, next year.
They will take a three-day half term break from June 3-6 while their holiday is scheduled for July 17 -25.
In the 2021 school year, the first term will commence on May 26 up to October 1, while their half term will be on August 26-29.
Learners will then take a break for one week to resume their second term on October 11 up to December 12.