Schools to Reopen on 4th January 2021

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The Education Cabinet Secretary, Professor Magoha (pictured above), announced that all schools will reopen on 4th January 2021. The announcement comes after the president directed the Ministry of Education to release the school calendar for 2021. The CS made the announcement after a meeting with education sector stakeholders (pictured above). Schools were closed in March this year after the Ministry of Health announced the first COVID-19 case in Kenya. Since then, only grade four, class 8, and form 4 students were allowed to resume school on 12th October, this year. The rest of the students have been at home, for nearly a year.

The set school calendar for 2021 is as follows. 


Level/Class/Form Term 2 Holiday Term 3
PP1 & PP2 4th January 2021 – 19th March 2021 20th March 2021 – 9th May 2021 10th May 2021 – 5th July 2021
Grade 1, 2 & 3 4th January 2021 – 19th March 2021 20th March 2021 – 9th May 2021 10th May 2021 – 5th July 2021
Class 5, 6 & 7 4th January 2021 – 19th March 2021 20th March 2021 – 9th May 2021 10th May 2021 – 5th July 2021
Form 1, 2 & 3 4th January 2021 – 19th March 2021 20th March 2021 – 9th May 2021 10th May 2021- 5th July 2021

All international schools will also open on 4th January 2021, and all four-year-olds are expected to join PP1 in July 2021. As the other classes start term 2, grade four and the candidate classes, currently in school, will be starting their third term. Consequently, when all other classes enter term 3, grade 4, and those who will have finished class 8 will stay at home. The latter will enter Form One on a later date, to be announced. Universities that are yet to reopen are expected to resume in-person classes and fully reopen, for students in all years, in early to mid-January.

The 2021 school calendar was announced amid concerns that on reopening schools, teachers could be exposed to COVID-19 infection. In this light, the Teachers Service Commission, TSC, CEO, Nancy Macharia (also pictured above), encouraged all teachers over the age of 58 to stay at home. The TSC pledged that it had negotiated a health plan for teachers, with healthcare providers, that would cater to COVID-19 cases and related infections. The CEO also announced a USSD code that teachers could use to report suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Grade 4 pupils are expected to join grade 5 on the 26th of July and will stay at home after their third term exams i.e as other students enter term 3. Class 8 pupils will not go for the 20th of March (seven-week) holiday, as they will be undertaking their national exams during this period. They will also stay at home after their national exams and as other students are undertaking their third term.

As a result, those who complete class 8 will be expected to join Form One at a later date, to be announced. Form 4 students will also not go on the seven-week holiday as they will also be undertaking their national exams. Exam marking will be done between the completion of the exams, and before other students resume for the third term i.e. within the seven-week holiday. The reopening dates for 2021 could be reviewed, stay tuned for any further developments. 

The set KCPE and KCSE examination dates are as follows.

National Exams Class 8 Form 4
Rehearsal 19th March 2021 25th March 2021
Start 22nd March 2021 26th March 2021
End 24th March 2021 21st April 2021
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