CS George Magoha orders the immediate closure of primary and secondary schools

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In a statement sent to newsrooms, Magoha said the decision was made after consultations with affected stakeholders.

The CS said all basic education institutions would close from Tuesday August 2 to Wednesday August 10 and learners should return to school on Thursday August 11.

“Schools and parents are advised to ensure that learners from all basic education institutions continue their final semester from Tuesday August 2 and resume on Thursday August 11, 2022,” said Magoha.

A gazette notice published by the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission noted that more than 250 schools and 17 colleges will be used as counting centres.

The announcement comes a day after CS initially issued a directive ordering schools to close on August 6.

Speaking at Rev. Gitau on Sunday July 31, CS Magoha said schools were to close from August 6 to 15 to pave the way for elections that will take place in a week. The CS also urged headteachers who had not allowed learners to return to school due to the balance of fees to allow them to return as time was limited to cover the curriculum.

“Headmasters who still have children at home should allow them to return to school because we have a very limited time, if you want to engage the parents, engage them when the children are still at home.

If there were to be a new election during my term, which I hope will not happen, we will sit down with the stakeholders and see if it will be fair to review the children if they have lost much of the time “, said Magoha.

School closures will allow the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) to prepare schools for elections as some of them are being used as polling stations.

Magoha also urged politicians to keep their latest round of campaigns out of schools to allow learners to cover the curriculum smoothly.

The CS recently warned school principals against discriminating learners because of religious dress such as hijabs, turbans and veils after it emerged that some school administrations were expelling students.

“No one should be expelled from school for wearing a head covering, whether it’s a Muslim hijab, a Christian nun outfit or an Akorino turban,” Magoha said

“I am informed that there are some schools that still harass the children because of the way they dress and sometimes discriminate against them, can we agree that the circular issued by the ministry and which was issued by the president be obeyedsaid CS Magoha.

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