, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 11 – Primary and secondary schools will now open for their first term on January 7, 2013 and close on April 12.
Education Permanent Secretary George Godia announced that students will however be expected to take the mid-term break from February 25 to March 7 to allow for a smooth conduct of the general elections slated for March 4.
The government had earlier revised term dates for the 2013 calendar where schools would have opened on February 4 and closed on May 17.
The new dates were agreed upon after consultations with the Kenya National Examinations Council and other stakeholders.
“The ministry will ensure that examinations, whose dates remain as earlier announced, will be marked and reports done early enough. The ministry revised the term dates to compensate for the time learners lost during the three weeks teachers strike,” Godia stated.
The ministry revised the term to compensate for the time learners lost during the recent three-week teachers strike.
Stakeholders in the education sector expressed reservations that the 2013 term dates would impede teaching and learning particularly because students will hardly have settled for serious learning if they were to open in February, when the electioneering mood grips the country.
Owners of private schools had similarly expressed concerns about the new dates, saying they would have disrupted their financial and other strategic plans for their institutions.
Meanwhile, the Head of the Public Service Francis Kimemia has assured examinations candidates at the coast that they will sit their examinations in a secure environment.
He said the government will provide sufficient security to ensure they sit their respective examinations without any hitch.
The Mombasa Republican Council has reportedly vowed to disrupt standard eight and form four examinations in the region.