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Education CS unveils new school calendar

Ministry of Education Cabinet Secretary (CS), Prof. George Magoha, has said that schools which opened for the 2020 third term on Monday, will close for a one week break on July 10, 2021.

Magoha said the Ministry has deliberately created a tighter academic calendar that enables the Ministry to accelerate the completion of school terms, as well as compensate for the long holidays that were occasioned by Covid-19 pandemic.

Magoha, who spoke while releasing results for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) 2020, observed that all the classes, including the 14 new Grade 5 learners and Form One Class, will start the First Term of the 2021 academic year on July 26, 2021.

“The upshot of this accelerated calendar will be that students will have five examinations next year,” he said.

“2021 KCPE and KCSE will be held in March 2022, in December 2022, we will administer the 2022 KCPE and KCSE, and also the Grade Six Summative Examination for the pioneer CBC Cohort,” he revealed.

On Friday, the Education Ministry outlawed plans by a section of private schools to have learners in Grade 4 report back to school ahead of re-opening.

Schools re-opened, Monday, for the third term of 2020, the last stretch in the road to recover the time lost following the shutdown of learning institutions in March 2020.

By Alice Gworo

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