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How Elections Affect 2022 Academic Calendar

How Elections Affect 2022 Academic Calendar

Kenya’s Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha, has delayed school reopening for the second time as the country awaits the announcement of presidential election results.

“Following the conduct of our National Elections on Tuesday 9th August 2022 the process of tallying of ballots is still ongoing.

“I hereby convey the government’s decision on the suspension of the re-opening of ALL basic education institutions with effect from Monday, 15th August 2022, until Thursday, 18th August 2022,” said the CS.

“This communication supersedes any earlier communication on the re-opening of basic education institutions.”

Schools across the country closed for the half-term on August 2 as the country prepared to vote a week later on August 9.

There is concern that a prolonged shutdown of schools will cause syllabus coverage to be delayed for classes taking 2022 national exams in November and December.

The KCPE exam will be held between November 28 and December 1, while the KCSE exam will be held between December 1 and December 23.

“We have a short period to prepare the candidates, so shutting schools for more than a week will harm the calendar,” Indimuli Kahi the Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association chairman said.

Primary schools will administer the national assessment for the pioneer cohort of the competency-based curriculum during the same time period.

All time lost during the school closure is expected to be recovered by the end of 2022, with the academic calendar returning to normal in January 2023.

How Elections Affect 2022 Academic Calendar

Some schools had already established special learning schedules for makeup classes, particularly for examination classes, to compensate for the time spent on electoral activities.

David Mulei, chair of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Coast Chapter, is optimistic that learning will not be disrupted unless there is a run-off election.

“The only fear we have is if there will be a run-off in the presidential race, but as it stands, schools will be on half term, therefore we believe that it will not affect the syllabus,” Mulei told People Daily.

The Ministry of Education announced the term dates for the 2023 school year. Of course, the dates are subject to change, but marking the dates allows you to plan accordingly.

According to the official calendar, primary school term 1 resumes on January 1st.

The schools will reopen on January 23, 2023, and will close on April 21, 2023. (13 weeks).

Between March 23 and March 26, 2023, there will be a three-day half-term break.

Children will have a two-week vacation between April 22 and May 7, 2023, before returning to school on May 8, 2023, for the second term.

And the term will last 13 weeks until August 11, 2023, with another three-day mid-term break from June 29 to July 2, 2023.

After a two-week break between August 12 and August 27, 2023, children return to school for term 3, which runs for ten weeks from August 28 to November 3, 2023.

Candidates for the KCPE will take their exams following the closure of primary schools from November 6, 2023, to November 9, 2023.

How Elections Affect 2022 Academic Calendar

Except for KCSE, the dates for 2023 are the same as those stated for primary schools. The KCSE exams will begin on November 10, 2023, and will conclude on December 1, 2023.

How Elections Affect 2022 Academic Calendar

How Elections Affect 2022 Academic Calendar

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