The midterm break announced on Tuesday also applies to Primary schools, Ministry of Education has clarified.
In a memo released on Wednesday to all Regional and County Directors of Education, the Ministry noted that the half-term break applied to all secondary and primary schools.
“Reference is made to the Ministry of Education circular Ref. No MOE/HQS/3/13/3(67) and dated 1 November, 2021… The mid-term break applies to all secondary and primary schools,” reads the memo issued by Education PS Julius Jwan.
According to a circular released yesterday indicated there would be no mid-term for secondary school students during the third-term which began last month.
In a notice to all Regional and County Directors of Education, the Ministry of Education directed that students should proceed on half- term break on Friday, November 19 2021 and resume learning on Tuesday, November 23, 2021.
“As you are aware, the Ministry of Education issued school term dates vide Circular Ref No.MOE /CONF/G5 dated 3rd December, 2020. It has been decided that the half term break will commence on Friday, 19th November, 2021. The students will report back on Tuesday 23rd November, 2021,: reads the notice issued by Education PS Julius Jwan.
The change comes amid a fresh wave of unrest in several schools across the country where learners have gone on strike for various reasons including failure by the government to include a half- term break during third term.
The Education directors are required to communicate the information to all Principals of Secondary Schools within their jurisdiction.
Earlier on the Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KESSHA) chair Indimuli Kahi had told the press that the unrest had been as a result of the crash programme directive from the Ministry of Education in an attempt to recover time lost during 2020 academic calendar.
Kahi disclosed that the association had also written a letter to the Ministry requesting a break for all schools while advocating for the return of extra-curricula activities.
“We forgot that we have students who have a lot of energy and they look forward to participating in these events,” he stated.
On Sunday, October 31, Buruburu High School, the most notable case of school unrest in recent weeks, led to the injury of 59 students and indefinite shut down of the institution.
Other schools that have experienced strike include St Peter’s Abwao Secondary (Migori), Sigalame Boys High (Busia), Kanjuri High (Nyeri), St Ignatius Mukumu Boys Secondary (Kakamega) and Keveye Girls High (Vihiga).