Education Cabinet Secretary Machogu Sets Guidelines for 2024 School Calendar

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has called upon all field officers of the Ministry of Education in Kenya to consistently report to their duty stations on all working days. This move, according to Machogu, is aimed at providing assistance to parents as they prepare for the upcoming 2024 School Calendar.

In a statement released on Monday, Machogu emphasized the importance of readiness, stating that Early Childhood Development, Primary, and Secondary schools are scheduled to commence the First Term studies on January 8, 2024. Notably, Form One students will begin their academic journey in their new institutions a week later, on January 15, 2024.

Machogu took the opportunity to remind parents and guardians of these crucial dates, urging them to actively engage in the task of preparing learners for the academic year ahead. The directive is seen as a proactive measure to ensure a smooth start to the school calendar.

Beyond academic readiness, Machogu appealed to parents and guardians to exercise utmost parental responsibility, especially during the festive season. He highlighted the need for caution against the dangers of drug and substance abuse, particularly in specific regions of the country.

The Cabinet Secretary’s concern for the welfare of learners extends beyond academic matters. Last week, he issued a stern warning to school principals regarding any potential increase in fees for secondary school students. Machogu clarified that principals lack the authority to unilaterally raise fees, considering the challenging economic times many parents are currently facing.

Machogu emphasized that the boarding fees charged in public secondary schools will remain unchanged in 2024. He firmly stated, “Unless there is express approval from my office, no fee increase should happen,” underscoring the importance of transparency and adherence to guidelines.

This directive aligns with Machogu’s commitment to ensuring that education remains accessible to all, regardless of the economic challenges faced by parents. By addressing both the logistical aspects of the academic calendar and the financial concerns of parents, Machogu’s directive aims to create an equitable and conducive learning environment for all students across Kenya.


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