The revised 2021 school calendar will be released within the next 14 days ahead of the full re-opening of schools in January next year, 2021. Learners in Grade 1-3, Class 5-7 and Form 1-3 will know finer details of the calendar after President Uhuru Kenyatta issued an order to the Education Ministry to draft the calendar.
“The gradual and phased reopening of schools that began with the examination classes is being carefully monitored.. The Ministry of Education will within 14 days announce the 2021 academic calendar, with all other classes expected to resume learning in January 2021,” said the Head of State.
The head of state spoke in Parliament as he made the 2020 State of The Nation Address.
He said the Government was closely monitoring schools to ensure learners’ safety is guaranteed.
“The gradual and phased reopening of schools that began with the examination classes is being carefully monitored at all levels so as to ensure that our young Kenyans are safe and secure as they continue preparing for their national examinations.’ Uhuru promised.
He at the same time ordered the Ministry of Education and the Ministry Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development to issue a new set of building guidelines for school infrastructure by 1st December, 2020.
“Significant financial resources will be deployed towards the construction of at least 12,500 new classrooms and related school facilities.” He added.
The President said the implementation of the new Competency Based Curriculum is well on course.
“In January 2019, we successfully completed the roll out of CBC in our education sector. As at the end of 2019, we had achieved a text book to pupil ratio of 1:1 for grades 1-3…. We successfully commenced the roll-out of the Competency Based Curriculum, an exercise, which, while not without its challenges, is one that has nevertheless been fully embraced by all stakeholders in the education sector… I assure this distinguished sitting that the journey to replace the 8.4.4 system with the new fit-for-purpose curricula, is well underway, and refinements are being undertaken in the course of implementation” He explained.