Govt Revises 2023 School Calendar

However, no changes were made for the opening dates for the 2023 first term with schools expected to open from January 23.

Govt Revises 2023 School Calendar
Education CS Ezekiel Machogu and PS Belio Kipsang. /FILE

The Ministry of Education has revised the 2023 school timetable.

In a notice signed by Education Principal Secretary (PS) Belio Kipsang dated January 10, 2023, the Ministry made changes to the mid-term breaks to March 16 and March 19 from March 23, 2023, and March 26, 2023.

However, no changes were made for the opening dates for the 2023 first term with schools expected to open from January 23.

President William Ruto addresses KCPE candidates at Joseph Kang'ethe Primary School in Kibra Constituency on November 29, 2022. /WILLIAM RUTO

The students will then break for the April holidays at the end of the first term on April 22, 2023, for two weeks until May 7, 2023, when they resume for Term Two.

The opening and mid-term dates were retained on May 8, 2023, and June 29, 2023, but the closing date for the second term was changed from August 8 to August 11. The holidays will last a period of two weeks before resumption for the third term on August 28.

The Ministry also made changes to the third term dates after indications revealed that the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment examinations (KPSEA) would commence on October 30, 2023, against the initial communicated date of November 6.

The third and final term will thus commence on August 28, 2023, until October 27, 2023, a period of 9 weeks. This is the only term without a half-term break as students will be expected to close to pave way for the national examinations, a departure from the previously-announced period of 10 weeks.

KCPE and KPSEA assessments will run for four days and conclude on November 2.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) 2023 exams will commence on November 3, against the initial date of November 10 as the commencement date. The exams will last until November 24.

The marking of the KCSE will then take place, according to the released timetable, from November 27, 2023, and run until December 15, 2023.

In an earlier revised notice released on Friday, January 6, the ministry revealed that the calendar will go back to its normal schedule, having been disrupted for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the August 9, 2022, general elections.

Students heading back to school ahead of the reopening of schools. /CITIZEN DIGITAL