Schools to open on January 7

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The government has changed the opening dates for schools in 2013 for the second time to agree with the demands of private schools.

In the new timetable released on Thursday, both primary and secondary schools will now open on January 7, 2013 instead of February 4 and close on April 12, 2013, more than a month earlier than the May 17 announced initially.

But Education PS George Godia said in a statement that schools would have to break for two weeks from February 25 to March 7 to allow for General Election scheduled for March 4.

Most schools are often used as polling centres and the Ministry argues it didn’t want learning to be disrupted with the polling.

“The new dates were agreed upon after consultations with the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) and other stakeholders,” said a statement from the Ministry.

According to Prof Godia, the new changes would not affect the earlier timetable released this week for national exams to allow for timely marking and releasing of results.

The Ministry revised the term to compensate for the time learners lost during the three weeks teachers strike.

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