Editor's Review

The Education CS has announced the closure of schools in preparation for elections.

Education CS Prof. George Magoha has announced that all schools will be closed from Tuesday, August 2 to ensure seamless preparations for the upcoming general election.

In a press statement on Monday, August 1, the CS noted that the schools will remain closed until Wednesday, August 10.

“As you are all aware, Kenya is scheduled to conduct its National Elections on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. 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 until Wednesday, August 10, 2022,” read part of the statement by Magoha.

{President Uhuru Kenyatta with Prof. George Magoha.}

The CS ordered schools and parents to ensure that learners proceeded for the half-term break effective Tuesday, August 2 before resuming on August 11.

"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," he added.

Magoha further added the communication from the Ministry of Education superseded any earlier communication on the closure of schools.

The CS in a press briefing on Sunday, July 31, stated that schools were to be closed on August 6 and be reopened on August 15.

Magoha noted that should there be a repeat election, they will have to sit down as with education stakeholders to give a way forward.

“Should there be a repeat election during my tenure, which I hope not, then we may have to sit down as stakeholders and see whether it will be fair to examine the children if they will have lost a considerable amount of time,” he stated.