CS Magoha issues new directives on the 2020 and 2021 school calendar

Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha has issued directives on the 2020 term three (3) and the 2021 academic year. According to CS Magoha, all Learners will resume studies on Monday 10th May 2021 (for term three of 2020); except those in grade 4, who shall remain home until the 26th of July (when term one 2021 resumes).

“I wish to emphasize that Grade Four learners will remain at home until July 26th, 2021 when schools will open for the First Term of the 2021 Academic Calendar. This is necessary because the Grade Four learners were part of the first batch of learners who reopened in the first case of the phased resumption of learning after the COVID-19 closure in October 2020,” Magoha says via the latest press statement.

The grade 4 learners will be joined by the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidates who shall also be at home up to July.

The CS has at the same time issued a stern warning to schools (particularly private schools) that may be tempted to recall the grade 4 learners in May; as opposed to the July 26th directive.

“We have received reports that some private schools are planning to recall Grade Four learners together with other groups that are expected to open on Monday. Such schools must stop this plan and allow all public and private learning institutions to adhere to the stipulated calendar. Stern action will be taken against schools that reopen for Grade Four candidates. The Grade Four learners must be allowed to study at home until they join Grade 5 on July 26, 2021,” said the CS.

See also; School Term dates/ calendar for 2020 to 2023


Here are the new term dates for the PP1 and 2; Grade 1, 2 and 3; Class 5, 6 and 7; and Form 1, 2 and 3 learners.

ActivityOpening DatesClosing DatesDuration
Term 310/5/202116/07/202110 weeks
Halfterm Break3/6/20217/6/20213 Days
Holiday17/7/202125/7/20211 week


The opening date for the 2021 academic year will be 26th July 2021. See the full 2021 academic calendar below;

ActivityOpening DatesClosing DatesDuration
Term 126/7/20211/10/202110 weeks
Halfterm Break26/8/202129/8/20213 days
Holiday2/10/202110/10/20211 week
Term 211/10/202123/12/202111 weeks
Christmas/Holiday24/12/20212/1/202210 days
Term 33/1/20224/3/20229 weeks
KCPE7/3/202210/3/20224 days
KCSE11/3/20221/4/20223 weeks 1 day
KCSE MARKING4/4/202222/4/20223 weeks

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