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Normal School Calendar Resumes Ahead of Transitions

Normal School Calendar Resumes Ahead of Transitions

After two years of disruption caused by Covid-19, the 2023 school calendar will return to normal today.

On January 30, thousands of continuing students will return to school, while 1,253,577 students who took the inaugural Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) will advance to junior secondary (Grade Seven).

In accordance with the government’s 100% transition strategy, a total of 1,233,852 Form One students will report to school the following month.

The academic calendar was disrupted on March 16, 2020, due to Covid-19, which resulted in the shutdown of educational institutions for seven months, necessitating a revision of the term dates by the Ministry of Education.

The schools reopened partially on October 19, 2020, and fully the next year. Due to financial difficulties, some private schools were forced to close, and the bulk of students were relocated to public schools.

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu stated that schools have effectively restored their regular three terms, unlike in the past when the calendar was disrupted and students were forced to endure four terms.

“Thanks to God, we have successfully regained our school terms. Undoubtedly, this recovery puts our education sector on a comfortable gradient upon which to deliver on the many reforms lined up under the Kenya Kwanza Education Charter,” said Mr Machogu.

The CS praised all stakeholders for overcoming the obstacles that Covid-19 imposed on the sector.

Mr. Machogu stated, “Schools will open for the first term of the year, as we finally mark the start of our regular calendar year,” said Mr Machogu. 

The state will spend Sh9.6 billion on capitation grants to about 1.2 million learners in junior secondary school (JSS). 

The funds will be used for first and 2nd term of 2023, with each learner receiving an individual capitation of Sh15,000 per year.

“In the next financial year, the government will spend Sh18 billion for junior secondary school learners’ capitation grants.

Of the Sh15,000 that will be released for each learner, Sh4,000 will be spent on the development of infrastructure with the greatest priority being on laboratories,” explained the CS.

His Principal Secretary for Basic Education, Prof. Belio Kipsang, stated that in 2022, the country will administer four tests, including the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), and KPSEA. He reported that four million children were evaluated.

“I would like to announce that the necessary resources that are supposed to be released by the government are ready and will be in schools in terms of capitation,” said Dr Kipsang.

The government has instructed the National Treasury to set aside Sh15,000 per student as a capitation, so the 1,2 million Grade 7 students will not have to pay school fees.

The authorities also cautioned teachers from charging fees unless their schools provide residential facilities.

The Ministry of Education has sought to alleviate the burden of school fees after issuing fee guidelines for boarding students last week and urged principals to comply to the regulations as schools reopen.

Normal School Calendar Resumes Ahead of Transitions


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