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Magoha said schools will have to remain shut for the safety of learners.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has announced that schools in areas where by-elections will be held on Monday, August 29 will be closed. 

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced on Monday that elections in Kakamega and Mombasa counties will be held on the said date.

Members of the National Assembly seat elections will be held in Rongai, Kitui Rural, Pokot South, and Kacheliba.

Nyaki West ward in Meru County and Wanjenga Ward in Kiambu County will also be participating in the polls to elect their next members of the county assembly.

Education CS George Magoha. PHOTO | COURTESY

Magoha said schools will have to remain shut for the safety of learners.

Considering that schools act as polling stations and IEBC officials will be arriving at the centers on Monday evening, children will stay away from home beginning Monday.

“The children can stay at home on Monday 29, and report to school on Tuesday 30. For those mixed schools which are both Boarding and day, the Boarding scholars should remain in school and remain away from the polling areas,” Magoha said.

He added, “We really must now support our children as we work through a very tight schedule. May I very kindly urge the teachers in the schools to be available, especially those in boarding schools, where the children may be required to be regimented a little more than usual so that they are assisted to galvanize the day.”