MoE revised Closing Dates. Many preschools, elementary schools, and middle schools have made an adjustment to their academic calendar, moving up the date for sending students home for the November/December vacation.
Originally, the Ministry of Education had announced that the break would begin on October 27, but now, it has been rescheduled to commence on October 19.
This shift in vacation timing carries significant implications, particularly because it coincides with the upcoming national exams, especially for students in class 8 and form four.
For students who do not partake in the national exams, the extended break means they will remain at home until January 8, 2024.
Meanwhile, learners in the sixth and eighth grades, designated as candidates, are gearing up to take the Kenya Primary School Examinations (KPSEA) and Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams, respectively.
These crucial assessments are slated to occur over a four-day period from October 30 to November 2, 2023.
MoE revised Closing Dates
Following these primary exams, the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations are set to kick off on November 3 and run until November 24, 2023.
In addition to the rescheduling of the vacation, this year carries a significant milestone for the KCPE students, marking the final year of the 8-4-4 educational system, which is being replaced by the 2-6-3-3-3 skills-based curriculum.
The new school closing dates have been a topic of considerable discussion, and the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has furnished essential details for this academic year.
MoE revised Closing Dates
Notably, a staggering 2.3 million candidates are expected to sit for the KCPE and KCSE exams, which is indicative of the magnitude of these national assessments.
The figures break down to approximately 1,415,315 candidates for the KCPE exam and another 903,260 students for the KCSE exam.
David Njengere, the current KNEC Chief Executive Officer, has affirmed the completion of preparations for candidates, including the 1,282,574 Grade Six students who will be participating in the KPSEA.
To facilitate these exams, an impressive array of 1,143 containers will be deployed for the KCSE, KCPE, and KPSEA exams.
Furthermore, 576 distribution centers or containers are designated to host the KPSEA and KCPE exams, while 567 containers are exclusively allocated for the distribution of KCSE examination sheets.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) plays a crucial role in this national examination process,
with 223,223 teachers identified as invigilators and monitors for the 2023 national exam.
Additionally, 37,731 teachers have been selected as examiners for this year’s examinations.
As of November 27th, these teachers will embark on the grading process, which will continue until December 15, 2023.
This is a pivotal period in the examination cycle, as it represents the culmination of the efforts and preparations that have gone into ensuring a smooth and fair assessment for students across the country.