We are thrilled for the students in Kenya as in a few short weeks, they will all go back to school. Students will resume where they left off in March of 2020 and start their second trimester.
Instead of having 3 trimesters and month-long breaks after each term, students in Kenya will have 4 terms for the next two years, and the breaks will be shorter. The purpose of this schedule is to allow for all the students to start where they left off in 2020, and to resume the normal schedule again as quickly as possible. If all goes according to plan, students will again have three terms per year and the normal breaks starting in 2023.
We will do our best to lay out what the current plan is (below), and if you wish, you can read the Press Release from the Ministry of Education here. And, as we all know from how chaotic it has been here in the US to figure out schooling of young students, this is the current plan, but the situation could change at any time.
2021 School Schedule:
|2nd Trimester||Break||3rd Trimester||Break||1st Trimester*||Break||2nd Trimester||Holiday Break|
|1/4/21- 3/19/21||3/20/21- 5/9/21||5/10/21- 7/16/21||7/17/21- 7/25/21||7/26/21- 10/1/21||10/2/21- 10/10/21||10/11/21-12/23/21||12/24/21-1/2/22|
|11 weeks||7 weeks||10 weeks||1 week||10 weeks||1 week||11 weeks||10 days|
|Grades 8 and 12 national testing||Grades 8 and 12 on break|
The initial break in March is longer than the others due to the national exams that the 8th and 12th graders will be completing. In Kenya, the tests are so extensive that they require weeks of actual testing, and then multiple weeks to grade the exams and publish the results.
*In July, all students will move up and begin a new school year. This means that the students who just completed testing in 12th grade will begin the transition to post secondary, and all the other students will move up a grade level.