All schools countrywide will now open on September 2 and the term will run till October 25.This comes comes after KNBS wrote to the education Cabinet Secretary proposing that schools’ opening dates be pushed from August 26 or to September 2. This is to allow the National Population and Housing Census exercise to go on uninterrupted.
In a circular issued on Friday, Principal Secretary for Early Learning and Basic Education Dr Belio Kipsang said the dates of census coincided with the opening of schools.
The ministry said that KNBS wants there to be minimum movement of people so that they may get as many people in conventional households captured in the population data.
There were fears that many people may miss out on the National Census exercise since many parents, learners and teachers will be travelling on the weekend of August 24 in the readiness for the third term.
The Ministry therefore said it was important to reschedule the opening dates.
The National Census exercise has been scheduled for the night of August 24 and 25 August 2019 to August 31, 2019.
In Kenya, the National Census is done after every 10 years. The last time the exercise was conducted was in 1999.
If you spend the night in Kenya on August 24, you will be counted whether you are a citizen or immigrant.