Schools across the country will re-open on Monday, August 15 and not Thursday, August 11 as earlier announced.
According to the Ministry of Education, the changes were effected due to an expected delay in the vote tallying process.
“On 1st August 2022, I ordered the early closure of all Basic Education Institutions to allow for adequate preparation and conduct of the General Elections. We indicated that reopening would be on the 11th of August 2022
“We have however been informed that the process of tallying of ballots may still be ongoing on the aforementioned date. Therefore, following further consultations, I hereby convey the Government’s decision that Basic Education Institutions will re-open from Monday, 15th August, 2022,” the statement said.
Education CS George Magoha also apologized for any inconveniences caused by the changes on the re-opening of schools.
“We apologize for any inconvenience occasioned by these changes and ask for your indulgence, as we work through ensuring the safety and comfort of learners through this period,” he said.
— EduMinKenya (@EduMinKenya) August 10, 2022
On August 1, the CS Magoha ordered closure of schools beginning Tuesday, August 2 ahead of the August 9 General Elections.
In a statement on Monday, August 1, the CS said the schools will be closed for one week.
This directive came as a surprise as closure of schools had been slated for Friday, August 5.
“As you are aware, Kenya is scheduled to conduct its national elections on Tuesday 9 August 2022
“Therefore, following consultation, I hereby convey the Government’s decision on the immediate closure of all basic education institutions from Tuesday 2 until Wednesday 10 August to ensure that preparations and conduct of upcoming elections is carried out seamlessly,” CS Magoha noted.
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