Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu, has announced that Early Childhood Development (ECD), primary, and secondary schools are set to reopen for first term on January 8, 2024.
In an announcement released on Monday, CS Machogu noted that Form One students are scheduled to report to their new institutions as from January 15.
“All field officers of the Ministry of Education have been advised to report to their duty stations on all working days to assist parents with necessary preparations regarding the 2024 School Calendar,” Machogu stated.
Machogu urged parents and guardians to exercise their utmost parental responsibility in guiding their children during the festive season before schools reopen
“Parents must caution their children against the dangers of drug and substance abuse that are most prevalent in some parts of the country.” he emphasized.
Last week, the CS issued a stern warning to school principals regarding any attempts to raise fees for secondary school students.
He explicitly stated that Principals lack the authority to increase fees, emphasizing that the challenging economic conditions in the country make fee hikes unfair to many parents.
“If any monkey business is done anywhere, the information will come. Parents are undergoing difficult financial challenges. Unless there is express approval from my office, no fee increase should happen.” He stated
On Friday, the Cs Machogu announced a series of changes in the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) following recommendations from the Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms.
Lower primary learning areas were reduced from 9 to 7, while upper primary will now have 8 learning areas instead of the previous 10, as Junior Secondary School (JSS) learners undertake 9 subjects compared to the previous 14.
Under the new structure, JSS will have no optional learning area, and the total lessons per week will be reduced to 41 from 45. The changes are slated to take effect from January 2024.