Nairobi News


Schools across the country to reopen on Thursday January 3

The Ministry of Education has pushed back schools’ reopening days for the first term in 2019 by a day.

Schools across the country will now reopen on Thursday January 3, 2019 instead of the earlier scheduled date of January 2, 2019.

The ministry said the decision was arrived at to allow learners and teachers who have traveled for holidays time to return to their institutions.


In a circular signed by basic education director General Elyas Abdi, all Pre-primary, primary, Secondary, and Teachers’ Training colleges will start their first term on January 3.

Basic Education Principal Secretary Dr Belio Kipsang had earlier in the year issued a circular scheduling the first term to start on January 2 and run through to April 5.


Half-term was announced to begin on February 18 to February 24. First and second term are expected to run for 14 weeks.

Third term will run for nine weeks for primary schools and 10 weeks for secondary schools.

The school holiday and term dates released by the Ministry of Education are followed by primary and secondary schools as well as colleges across the country.