Schools to close next week ahead of polls – CS Magoha confirms

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On Sun, 31 Jul, 2022 19:19 | < 1 min read
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The late Prof. George Magoha speaking at a past event. PHOTO/Viola Kosome

Schools will break on August 6th to allow the country to prepare for the general election slated for August 9th, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has said.

Speaking at Alliance Girls where he inspected the ongoing construction of CBC classrooms the CS said learning will resume after the announcement of the poll results.

"We are breaking again on the 6th of the month and we will not open again until the 15th," CS Magoha said on Sunday.

In case of a repeat election, the CS said the government will review the dates for the national exams accordingly.

"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, I pray that that does not happen, these children have suffered enough," the CS added.

Most of the schools in the country are used as polling stations during the elections.

Magoha bans politicians from schools

At the same time, Magoha banned all politicians from hosting events in schools during the electioneering period.

This comes at a time some politicians, particularly members of parliament, have increased tours to schools to launch various projects, ostensibly to woo the electorate ahead of the August polls.

"We do not want politics in schools because the students have a very short term and it is only fair that they are left alone," he added.

"There should be no political activities, in fact, If I see any political van here, I will tell the police to tow them ..... children first."

The Ministry of Education rolled out a crash program in 2020 to make up for the time lost during the lockdowns occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The normal education calendar is expected to resume from January next year.

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