School Re-opening; CS Magoha Releases Official School Calendar

Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha on Monday, November 16, released the school calendar in readiness for the resumption of learning on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Magoha was speaking at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) in Ngara, Nairobi, after being directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to make public the calendar.

“All schools will reopen fully on the 4th of January 2021. This will apply to PP1 and 2, Grade 1, 2 and 3, Class 5, 6 and 7 and Form 1, 2 and 3 learners.

Education CS George Magoha speaks to a student at Langas Primary School in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County on Friday, November 6, 2020
  • “All four-year-olds will join PP1 in July 2021 while all PP1 and 2, Grade 1, 2 and 3 Class 5, 6 and 7 and Form 1, 2 and 3 will start their second term on the 4th of January and end on the 19th of March together with the examination classes,” he said.

    The CS added that all learners except class 8 and Form 4 will proceed for a 7 week holiday to allow for KCPE and KCSE marking.

    Grade 4 and incoming Form 1 (Class 8 graduates) were directed to stay at home as other learners complete their third term.

    Grade 4 Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) students will transition to Grade 5 in July 2021 while International Schools will reopen from 4th January 2021 for all learners still at home.

    Magoha assured parents the safety of students ahead of the full resumption of learning having picked up lessons from the partial reopening.

    “I want to assure the country that the government is determined to ensure a safe reopening and learning in schools, in doing so we are drawing 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,” he explained.

    Also speaking in the press conference was Teachers Service Commission (TSC) CEO Nancy Macharia who directed teachers aged 58 and above to work from home over rising cases of Covid-19 but assured them of job safety.

    The TSC boss also directed all 337,000 teachers to receive full medical cover under the commission’s scheme for Covid-19 related ailments.

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