Official 2023 Kenyan School Calendar: Revised Term Dates and Exam Schedules

The Ministry of Education in Kenya recently released the 2023 school calendar (2023 term dates) for all primary and secondary schools in the country. In this article, we take a closer look at the changes made to the calendar and their implications.

Jun 21, 2023 - 14:55
Jun 21, 2023 - 14:58
Official 2023 Kenyan School Calendar: Revised Term Dates and Exam Schedules
2023 Kenyan School Calendar: Revised Term Dates and Exam Schedules

The advent of 2023 brings about a wave of normalcy in the Kenyan school system. The Ministry of Education has unveiled the official 2023 school calendar for all primary and secondary schools in the country. This marks a critical step towards rectifying the school calendar thrown off balance by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Revisions in the 2023 School Calendar

Intending to restore the regular school calendar by the end of 2023, the Ministry revised the term dates. Stakeholders came together, creating a new framework that not only completes the remaining two terms of 2020 but also paves the way for a smoother educational journey.

Overview of the 2023 Term Dates

The 2023 academic year takes off with term one commencing on January 23rd, extending for 13 weeks, and wrapping up on April 21st. Students then proceed to a two-week holiday before diving into the second term.

The second term starts on May 8th, lasts 14 weeks, and ends on August 11th. Following this is another two-week holiday, offering students a well-deserved break.

The third and final term of the 2023 academic year begins on August 28th and runs for 9 weeks, ending on October 27th. Notably, there needs to be a mid-term break for the third term. This condensed term is focused on finalizing the syllabus and preparing students for the year-end national examinations.

Primary and Secondary School Exams

The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) national exams are set to occur from October 30th to November 2nd and November 3rd to November 24th, respectively. These exams are crucial to student's academic journey as they dictate their admission into higher education institutions.

Important Dates at a Glance

For a quick rundown, here's a breakdown of the term dates:

Activity Opening Dates Closing Dates Duration
Term One 01-23-2023 04-21-2023 13 weeks
Mid-Term Break 03-16-2023 03-19-2023 3 days
Holiday 04-22-2023 05-07-2023 2 weeks
Term Two 05-08-2023 08-11-2023 14 weeks
Mid-Term Break 06-29-2023 07-02-2023 3 days
Holiday 08-12-2023 08-27-2023 2 weeks
Term Three 08-28-2023 10-27-2023 9 weeks
KCPE & KPSEA 10-30-2023 11-02-2023 4 days
KCSE 11-03-2023 11-24-2023 3 weeks
KCSE MARKING 11-27-2023 12-15-2023 3 weeks

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This comprehensive 2023 Kenyan School Calendar aids students, parents, and educators plan their academic year. Despite the previous years' challenges, 2023 promises a return to normalcy with a structured, predictable school schedule. Stay up-to-date and prepared for the upcoming school terms.


This information is sourced from the Ministry of Education and is subject to changes in line with official government policies. We recommend checking the official website for the most current information.

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