School Reopening and Term Dates for 2024 in Kenya

As the sun sets on the long holiday season, the anticipation of a new academic year lingers in the air. The Ministry of Education in Kenya has recently unveiled the eagerly awaited 2024 school calendar, paving the way for the reopening of Pre-Primary, Primary, Junior, and Secondary schools. Let’s delve into the key dates and highlights that shape the educational landscape in the coming year.

Reopening Schedule

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu announced the reopening schedule, with Form 1 students scheduled to report on January 15, 2024. The broader academic community, including Pre-Primary, Primary, Junior, and Secondary schools, will resume activities earlier on January 8, 2024.

2024 Academic Calendar

Term I: January 8, 2024, to April 5, 2024

  • Duration: 13 Weeks
  • Half term: February 29, 2024, to March 3, 2024 (3 Days)
  • April Holiday: April 8, 2024, to April 26, 2024 (3 Weeks)

Term II: April 29, 2024, to August 2, 2024

  • Duration: 14 Weeks
  • Half term: June 20, 2024, to June 23, 2024 (3 Days)
  • August Holiday: August 5, 2024, to August 23, 2024 (3 Weeks)

Term III: August 26, 2024, to October 25, 2024

  • Duration: 9 Weeks
  • KPSEA and KILEA Assessment: October 28, 2024, to October 31, 2024 (4 Days)
  • KCSE Exams: November 4, 2024, to November 22, 2024 (3 Weeks)
  • December Holiday: October 28, 2024, to January 3, 2025 (10 Weeks)

Co-curricular Calendar

In addition to the academic calendar, the Ministry of Education has also issued the co-curricular calendar for schools and colleges. Let’s explore the co-curricular activities scheduled for Term I.

National Co-curricular Activities Calendar of Events (Term I)

Secondary Schools Sports: April 6, 2024, to April 14, 2024

  • Sports: Rugby15s, Athletics, Basketball 5×5, Hockey, Handball, Cross Country, Swimming
  • Host Region: Eastern
  • Host County: Machakos
  • Clinic: April 6, 2024, to April 8, 2024
  • Action Days: April 9, 2024, to April 13, 2024
  • Departure: April 14, 2024

Secondary Special Schools Sports: April 6, 2024, to April 12, 2024

  • Sports: Rugby15s, Athletics, Basketball 5×5, Hockey, Handball, Cross Country, Swimming
  • Host Region: Rift Valley
  • Host County: Nakuru
  • Clinic: April 6, 2024, to April 7, 2024
  • Action Days: April 9, 2024, to April 11, 2024
  • Departure: April 12, 2024

Primary Schools: April 6, 2024, to April 12, 2024

  • Athletics
  • Host Region: Central
  • Host County: Nyeri
  • Clinic: April 6, 2024, to April 7, 2024
  • Action Days: April 9, 2024, to April 11, 2024
  • Departure: April 12, 2024

Primary Special Schools Athletics: April 6, 2024, to April 13, 2024

  • Athletics
  • Host Region: Rift Valley
  • Host County: Nakuru
  • Clinic: April 6, 2024, to April 7, 2024
  • Action Days: April 9, 2024, to April 12, 2024
  • Departure: April 13, 2024

Junior School: April 6, 2024, to April 12, 2024

  • Sports: Athletics, Cross-Country, Handball, Swimming
  • Host Region: Eastern
  • Host County: Machakos
  • Clinic: April 6, 2024, to April 7, 2024
  • Action Days: April 9, 2024, to April 11, 2024
  • Departure: April 12, 2024

National Drama and Film Festival: April 7, 2024, to April 19, 2024

  • Host Region: Eastern
  • Host County: Embu
  • Venue: Kangaru/Embu University
  • Reporting: April 7, 2024
  • Action Days: April 8, 2024, to April 16, 2024
  • State Concert: April 18, 2024
  • Departure: April 19, 2024

Science and Engineering Fair: April 6, 2024, to April 12, 2024

  • Host Region: Nairobi
  • Host County: Nairobi
  • Venue: Moi Girls High School
  • Arrival Date: April 6, 2024
  • Action Days: April 11, 2024
  • Departure: April 12, 2024

Kenya Teachers Colleges: June 3, 2024, to June 13, 2024

  • Sports: Ball games, Goal Ball, Athletics, and Paralympics
  • Host Region: Eastern
  • Host County: Machakos
  • Venue: Machakos TTC
  • Clinic: June 3, 2024, to June 4, 2024
  • Arrival: June 4, 2024
  • Action Days: June 5, 2024, to June 12, 2024
  • Departure: June 13, 2024

Final Thoughts

The 2024 academic year in Kenya promises not just scholastic pursuits but a rich tapestry of co-curricular activities, fostering holistic development among students. As schools prepare to welcome both familiar faces and new learners, the calendar sets the stage for an exciting journey of learning, growth, and achievement. Stay tuned for more updates as the academic year unfolds.

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