KUPPET Fault Magoha Over Abrupt Closure Of schools.
Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha has been chastised for ordering schools to close on Tuesday to allow elections.
Kuppet secretary general Akello Misori said in a statement on Monday that the directive for students to return to school on August 11, two days after the elections, is misplaced.
“This is outright impractical since the elections will take nearly a week to conclude. Moreover, parents need reasonable time to assess whether their children can travel and settle in schools safely,” Misori said.
According to the president of the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers, classes will resume on August 15.
Misori characterized Magoha’s directive as hasty, claiming that the CS did not consult education stakeholders before deciding to close schools.
Despite the fact that Magoha stated in a statement that the decision was reached after “further consultations,”
“Any stakeholder with a legitimate interest in the school calendar would have advised against the hasty decision,” Misori said.
Magoha directed all schools to release students on Tuesday for a midterm break in order to prepare for the August 9 general elections.
Misori stated that Magoha had enough time to decide when students should take a break because he knew schools would be used as polling and tallying locations.
“The closure will seriously disrupt the delivery of the curriculum. Most schools had scheduled internal examinations ahead of the original closure date on August 16,” Misori said.
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According to a gazette notice issued by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, nearly 250 schools will be used as tallying centers.
Another 17 higher education institutions will serve as county tallying centers, while 230 schools in select constituencies will serve as third-schedule constituency tallying centers.