The Ministry of Education’s school calendar for Term 3 in each year consistently exhibits a pattern of being shorter than the calendars for Term 1 and Term 2, resulting in early school closings. This trend is observed consistently, irrespective of the specific year in question. Examining the academic year of 2023 as an example, we can discern this pattern in action.
Term 1 in 2023 spanned a total of 13 weeks, offering students a substantial period to engage with their coursework and establish a strong foundation for the academic year. Following that, Term 2 extended slightly further, lasting 14 weeks, enabling educators to delve deeper into their curriculum and provide students with ample learning opportunities.
However, when we shift our attention to Term 3 in 2023, a different scenario emerges. During this term, students are only required to attend class for a mere nine weeks. The brevity of this term is primarily due to the allocation of a significant portion of time to the administration of national examinations. Between the 30th of October and the 2nd of November in 2023, learners in the Kenya Primary School Examinations (KPSEA) are scheduled to sit for their Knec exams.
Following closely on the heels of the KPSEA exams, the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations for the year 2023 are slated to commence on November 3, 2023, and continue until November 24, 2023. This rigorous examination period is a crucial juncture for secondary school students as their performance here can significantly impact their future educational and career prospects.
Efficiency in examination processing and grading is paramount, and it is anticipated that all National Exam marking will be completed by December 15, 2023, at the latest. This deadline underscores the importance of timely and accurate evaluation of students’ performance to ensure a smooth transition to the next academic phase or career pursuits.