Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Magoha hints schools might not reopen as planned after elections

Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has hinted that schools may not reopen as was earlier planned by the Ministry of Education. He had initially said that learners would only return to schools after the midterm break and if the environment is safe.

Speaking in Kiambu County while commissioning CBC classrooms for Gathiru-ini Secondary School, he however reiterated that there may be a need to change the open dates depending on the political outcomes of the general elections. The set date was Thursday, August 11th.

Magoha has assured parents that they shouldn’t worry about their children’s safety as the government would keep an eye on the elections and issue relevant adjustments.

“Assuming everything is constant, the children should go back to school on Thursday, August 11th. However, the date may change depending on the political environment.” He said.

“For the love of our children, if we feel that they should stay home for one or two more days, we will then pronounce ourselves at that time. The public should not be worried at all because we will be on the watch.”

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CS Magoha stated that students were drawn back from studies during the 9-month pandemic period in 2021. He says there is no need for a further extension unless a directive is issued by the government.

“We hope the political environment will be peaceful after the elections so that schools may reopen from the midterm break as projected. Our children have been disrupted for a long by the pandemic and there is no need for further disruptions.”

All schools were closed on August 2nd to prepare for the general elections as the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission had plans to use classrooms as polling stations.

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