23-day holidays factored into 2021 school year calendar


The three terms of this year’s schools calendar will have 23-day holiday, far shorter than normal, in a bid to ensure that students catch up on work missed due to Covid-19 induced lock-down.

Primary and Second Education minister Cain Mathema noted the need to balance between the loss of time and need for holidays.

The first term opens on Monday, March 15 for the three examination classes and the rest of the classes a week later on Monday, March 22.

“The calendar has been carefully crafted, aimed at ensuring that learners catch up on the lost time while we are also aware that they need holidays in between,” he said.

“I want to thank everybody for playing their part in ensuring the pandemic is controlled. Covid-19 is still a threat and we need to remain vigilant. That is why we have put measures in place at all schools for a safe environment to avoid a spike in infections.

“Teachers are a very important stakeholders in the education sector and we prioritise them. We urge them to play their role as they have always been doing. We have lost a lot of time and it is important that learners can now properly resume their classes,” he added.

The calendar has a total of 164 teaching days across the three terms to compensate on the time lost during the Covid-19 induced lengthy closure.

The first term opens on March 15 for the three examination classes (Form Six, Form Four and Grade Seven) and the rest of the classes a week later on March 22.

First term will end on June 4.

The second term begins  June 28, ending  September 10.

The third term will start on October 4, ending on December 17 with the first term of 2022 starting on January 10 next year.

 All holiday breaks this year will have 23 days, far shorter than normal.

The academic calendar has 56 learning days for the first term, 53 for the second term and 55 in the third term, with public holidays being observed and no learning taking place on these days.


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