Ministry of Education Announces New Examination Calendar and School Opening Dates

Education CS Prof. George Magoha: Photo Courtesy

The Ministry of Education has shed light on when third-year students pursuing a diploma program in teaching education (DTE) will be sitting for their Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) tests. 

The Ministry has said that that the KNEC examinations have been scheduled a month after the students return to class. This notion implies that the exam will run between Tuesday, October 13, and Thursday, October 15, 2020. 

The new schedule was issued through a memo dated October 1, 2020, by the Education CS Prof. George Magoha.

Prof. Magoha also stated that the students will close on Friday, October 16.

“Third Years will be in college for two weeks to complete their KNEC exams,” said the CS.

 He continued by saying, “The continuing students to be in college for nine weeks for their third term (studies).” “The students will be in college for nine weeks, and will do their Teaching Practice (TP) for one month when primary schools open,” he concluded. 

The new academic calendar issued by the CS yesterday also indicated that certificate and diploma learners majoring in Early Childhood Teacher Education (ECDE) are expected to report back to school on Monday, October 5, 2020.

Final Years in the program will leave the collages after sitting for the exams, which will run from October 20 to October 23, 2020. 

The memo also confirmed the closing date for the rest of the learners in colleges as December 18, 2020, after reporting back to school on October 26, 2020. 

However, the CS emphasized that adherence to the COVID-19 containment measures issued by the ministry of health by all students, teaching, and non-teaching staff is nonnegotiable. 

The issue of academic resumption has been a controversial matter, with the confusion being created by the MoE. However, it has now been clear that leaning in various learning institutions will resume as soon as possible. 

Stay tuned at for any update regarding school reopening and examination dates. 

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Written by Barrack Ongwe

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