If your child attends a primary or secondary school in Kenya, this April, they were on holiday after the schools closed for nearly a month break when the first term ended, and they were to re-open for second term studies on Monday, April 29, 2024.

For many parents, the days towards the initially set opening date were filled with school supply shopping, schedule planning, and otherwise preparation for the new term to come, but the Ministry of Education announced late that schedules are changing due to the inclement weather and the floods experienced in most parts of the country.

“In the face of ongoing heavy rains, the Ministry of Education last week directed its field officers to submit data from all basic education learning institutions countrywide to assist the government in assessing the readiness of the schools for second term opening on Monday, April 29, 2024,” it said, before stating the new opening day for primary and secondary schools in the country:

According to the Education Ministry, whose report came earlier before the dam that killed over 40 in Mai Mahiu happened after breaking bursting its walls and before a boat carrying 41 passengers capsized last evening in a flooded area within Kona Punda along Garissa-Madogo Road, just to show how the floods have affected many in the country, the reopening date have been pushed by a week to allow for schools to adequately prepare how students will learn amidst heavy rains that have claimed the lives of at least 71 people so far.

“Based on this assessment, the Ministry of Education has resolved to postpone the reopening of all primary and secondary schools by one week to Monday, May 6, 2024. In the meantime, the Ministry will work with relevant agencies and stakeholders to put in place measures to mitigate the adverse effects of the rains and provide regular updates on all developments as pertain to the education sector,” it stated.

That means that for the 2024 term two studies, Kenyan schools will be reopening on May 6, 2024.