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MOE Term Dates 2020/2021 For Grade 4, Class 8, Form 4

Pursuant to the Presidential Directive issued during the Twelfth (12th) Presidential Address to the Nation on the Coronavirus Pandemic on Monday, 28th September, 2020, and following broad-based education stakeholder consultations; the Ministry of Education notifies the public that the progressive re-opening of schools will commence with Grade 4 (Competency Based Curriculum Class), Class 8 and Form 4 on Monday, 12th October, 2020.

In a statement education cabinet secretary, professor Magoha, urged parents, guardians and caregivers to prepare the aforementioned learners so as to report to schools next week on Monday, 12th October.

Magoha also noted that the government has already settled all costs of national examinations(KCPE and KCSE).

He said: “The parents/guardians/care givers of learners in Grade 4 (CBC Class), Class 8 and Form 4 are now encouraged to prepare their children for resumption of learning on 12th October 2020. 9. The Government has already met the full costs of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations for all candidates.”

Primary and Secondary Term Dates 2020/2021






Term 2


Grade​​ 4,​​ Class​​ 8​​ &​​ Form 4






11​​ Weeks



Grade​​ 4,​​ Class​​ 8​​ &​​ Form 4






1​​ Week

Term 3


Grade​​ 4,​​ Class​​ 8​​ &​​ Form 4






11​​ Weeks



Class​​ 8




3​​ Days


Form 4




3​​ Weeks​​ & 2 days

Exam Marking​​ 







3​​ Weeks



All schools will be required to strictly adhere to the following COVID19 protocols and guidelines

  1. Mandatory use of face masks, monitoring of the body temperature  for all learners, staff and all other persons accessing the schools, handwashing and observance of high levels of hygiene. Where there is no running water, schools will use sanitizers;
  2. Although physical distancing will remain a challenge, it should not be used as a bottleneck to keep any child away from school
  3. All schools that had been used as quarantine centres have been fumigated under the supervision of the Ministry of Health in readiness for reopening; 
  4. All schools that had been designated as quarantine centres but not used, need not be fumigated prior to their reopening;
  5. All schools have been linked to the nearest public health facility prior to being reopened
  6. All teachers are encouraged to continuously provide psychosocial and spiritual support to learners and school support staff during the duration of the current pandemic; and 
  7. Boards of Management/ Principals/ HeadTeachers shall ensure full compliance with the guidelines and protocols issued by the Ministry of Health.
  8. The Government thanks parents/guardians/care givers for their patience and resilience in supporting learners’ welfare during the COVID19 period

Full Re-opening

The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, will continuously monitor adherence to ‘Guidelines on Health and Safety Protocols for Reopening of Basic Education Institutions amid COVID-19 Pandemic’ in order to determine when to re-open for all other learners in primary and secondary schools.

The Ministry of Education will immediately issue a comprehensive circular on reopening of all public and private schools

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