Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Prof. George Magoha has directed that all schools close by Tuesday to pave the way for the upcoming General Election next week.
Magoha has directed that all basic learning institutions close by tomorrow to pave the way for the August 9 polls.
In a press statement Monday, the CS said that schools should release learners for an early mid-term break for a period of ten days and resume on Thursday 11th August 2022.
Over the weekend, Magoha had indicated that the institutions will close from Saturday, but explained that the decision to have them closed from Tuesday was informed by further consultations.
“The Country is scheduled to conduct general election on the 9th of August 2022. I hereby convey the Government’s decision on the immediate closure of all basic learning institutions with effect from Tuesday 2nd August 2022, until Wednesday 10th August 2022 to ensure that preparations and conduct of the upcoming election is carried out seamlessly,” stated Magoha.
Magoha was however clear that should there be need, the dates may be revised in the event of a repeat election. He also admitted that the national exams calendar could be affected.
The 2022 academic year has four national exams with the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education slated for between November 28 and December 23.
The Grade Six exam will be administered between November 28 and 30, with 1.27 million candidates registered to sit the pioneer exam under the new curriculum which will see them join junior secondary schools.
By Alice Gworo