George Magoha, the cabinet secretary for education, said on August 8 that students won’t return to class after midterm break until the atmosphere is secure following the general election.

After opening the CBC classrooms at Gathiru-ini Secondary School, Prof. Magoha spoke at Juja Farm in Kiambu County and mentioned that the original date of Thursday, August 11 was subject to change depending on the results of the election.

However, the CS reassured parents that they need not be concerned about the security of their children because the government will monitor the elections and make modifications as necessary.

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“Assuming everything else is constant, the children should go back to school on Thursday, August 11. However, the date may change depending on the political environment.”

“For the love of our children, if we feel that they should stay home for one or two more days, we will then pronounce ourselves at that time. The public should not be worried at all because we will be on the watch,” he stated.

The CS stated that the students had suffered a lot after a nine-month hiatus caused by the pandemic and hence there was no need for a further extension unless a directive is issued by the government.

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“We hope the political environment will be peaceful after the elections so that schools may reopen from the midterm break as projected. Our children have been disrupted for a long by the pandemic and there is no need for further disruptions,” he added.

The CS had initially ordered all schools to be closed on Tuesday, August 2, to allow the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission – IEBC to use some of the classrooms as polling stations in the General Election.

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“Therefore, following further consultations, I hereby convey the Government’s decision on the immediate closure of all Basic Education institutions with effect from Tuesday, August 2, 2022, until Wednesday, August 10, 2022, to ensure that preparations and conduct of the upcoming elections are carried out seamlessly.”

“Schools and Parents are advised to ensure that learners from all Basic Education institutions proceed on their half-term break effective Tuesday, August 2, 2022, and resume on Thursday, August 11, 2022,” Magoha noted.


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