School Calendar
Students Queueing Up to Enter A School | IMAGE: COURTESY

Even though students have resumed learning as from today, the effects of the pandemic are still visible as most people still seek clarity on the school calendar. The education cabinet secretary Prof. George Magoha has been criticized several times for lacking a clear plan for the school reopening. This has been hugely contributed to by his inconsistent communication and lack of clarity on the way forward in the past few months. However, things now seem settled as the ministry released the official term dates last week.


CS George Magoha during a press briefing

2020 School Calendar

The 2020 School Calendar will be finalized this year. All learners will reopen for term two as from this week until March 19th 2021. However, candidates, i.e. Grade Four, Class Eight and Form Four students will reopen for their third term as from this week. The Kenya Certificate for Primary Education exams will kick off on 22nd March and conclude on 24th of the same month. On the other end, the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exams will kick off on March 26th and conclude on 21st April 2021. The rest of the students will take a 7-week holiday period as the exams progress.

Third term (for the rest of the students) will begin on 10th May 2021 up until July 16th 2021. Grade four students will take a break during this period and resume in July.

School Reopening
Students studying while observing covid-19 measures

2021 Academic Calendar

The 2021 school calendar will commence officially on the 26th of July 2021 where learners will start their first term of 2021. The term will end on 1st October of the same year.

Second term will begin on October 11th after a one week break and terminate on December 23rd. Students will proceed for a Christmas break before resuming learning on January 3rd 2022 for their third term of 2021. The third term will end on March 4th 2022.

KCPE and KCSE exams will take place between March 2022 and April 1st.

2022 Academic Calendar

The 2022 Academic calendar will kick off on April 25th when students will start their first term. The term will end on July 1st of the same year. There will be a 10 day break before learning resumes for term two on July 11th 2022 and conclude on 16th September 2022.


They will again proceed for a 10 day break and resume learning for term 3 on September 26th and end in November 25th 2022.

KCSE and KCPE exams will be conducted between November 28th and December 23rd of 2022.

Finally, as from January 2023, the normal school calendar will resume as students report for their first term.