Why Schools May Not Re-Open On Thursday
Parents have stated that they will not allow their children to attend school until the political situation is safe for the students.
The chair of the National Parents Association, Nicholas Maiyo, stated that while parents applauded the decision to postpone school opening to Thursday next week, the current political situation will determine whether they will release their children.
“Even Thursday next week is very soon and it will depend on the situation. No parent will release their child to school until calm is restored and security assured,’’ said Maiyo.
Maiyo spoke after Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha announced that school openings would be moved from Monday to Thursday, August 18, by three days.
‘‘I hereby convey the government’s decision on the suspension of the re-opening of all basic education institutions with effect from Monday, August 15, 2022, until Thursday 18,’’ Prof Magoha said.
He stated that the decision was based on the lengthy wait for election results, which had exceeded the projected timelines.
“Following the conduct of our National Elections on Tuesday August 9, 2022, the process of tallying of ballots is still ongoing.
“This communication supersedes any earlier communication on the re-opening of basic education institutions,’’ Magoha added.
However, Maiyo stated that the abrupt communication may annoy some parents.
‘‘Transport will also be affected since they will not be willing to release their vehicles due to the prevailing political environment,’’ Maiyo.
Parents who spoke to the Sunday Standard said they had spent money and booked buses for their children.
Mary Wanza expressed her displeasure, stating that the government’s decision will cause her inconvenience.
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Wanza stated that she had already made arrangements for her two children, who attend Aquinas High and St George’s School, to travel today.
‘‘I have two tickets for my son and daughter to travel from Mombasa to Nairobi. Who will refund me the money,’’ she said.