CS Magoha-Day Schools In Areas With Pending Elections To Close Next Monday

Day schools will be closed on Monday, August 29 to make way for the election in Mombasa and Kakamega counties, as well as six other areas.

Following the conclusion of the elections on Tuesday, August 30, the institutions will reopen, according to education cabinet secretary George Magoha’s announcement on Tuesday.

“The IEBC has announced elections on 29th and we understand most schools are required as tallying centres.Tallying centres that may be required for more than one day should be taken to tertiary institutions,” said Prof. Magoha.

The CS however noted that boarding schools will not be closed.

“Children in day schools will remain at home on 29th and report the following day. Boarding schools acting like tallying centres will not be closed,” he stated.

The postponed general election in several parts of the country will now take place on August 29, according to a Monday announcement by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

A total of eight elections, including the governorship elections in Mombasa and Kakamega counties, were announced by IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati as being postponed.

The other six are the elections for members of the National Assembly in Kitui Rural (Kitui County), Kacheliba (West Pokot County), Pokot South (West Pokot County), and Rongai (Rongai County) (Nakuru County).

Elections for Member of County Assembly Wards in Kwa Njenga (Embakasi South Constituency – Nairobi County) and Nyaki West had also been advanced by the electoral body (North Imenti Constituency – Meru County).

In order to prevent kids from missing out on the marathon calendar the government instituted to make up for time lost during the COVID-19 outbreak, CS Magoha simultaneously made an appeal to all school administrators to cease sending children home for unpaid school fees.

“As a country we are going through a difficult time. We must support our children as we get into a very tight schedule. I appeal to the teachers who are still sending students home because of fees. They should stop,” he said.

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Written by Esther Oyugi

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