The Ministry of Education has announced several changes to the 2023 academic calendar.
In a notice, Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang said the opening dates for the first term remain unchanged with schools expected to open from January 23.
However, the PS said the students will begin their three-day half-term break on March 16 and not March 23 as earlier communicated. The students will resume studies on March 19 for the remaining part of the term.
Thereafter, the students will break for a two-week holiday on April 22 and resume on May 7.
Term Two is scheduled to run for 14 weeks, from May 8 until August 11.
The half-term break for term two remains unchanged. The students will break for a three-day half-term break on June 29 and resume studies on July 2.
Opening dates and closing dates for term three have been altered. The term, which had been scheduled to run for ten weeks will now run for nine weeks, from August 28 to October 27. There will no midterm break in the third term.
The new calendar shows that the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education- KCPE and the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) examinations are scheduled to kick off on October 30, as opposed to the earlier communicated date of November 6.
The two assessments will run concurrently for four days and end on November 2.
On the other hand, the Kenya Certificate of Secondary School Education (KCSE) examination will kick off on November 3 and run for three weeks until November 24.
KCSE had earlier been scheduled to start on November 10 and end on December 1.
Marking of the KCSE exams is scheduled to start on November 27 and close on December 15.
Marathon education calender
The normal school calendar resumes after disruptions occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Learning resumed in Kenya in October 2020 after a seven-month closure.
The Ministry of Education released what many termed as a "marathon" school calendar to ensure learners catch up and recover lost time.