Education CS George Magoha has 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 comes 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.
— EduMinKenya (@EduMinKenya) August 1, 2022
Elsewhere, CS Magoha reacted to the video of a Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) student crying while lamenting harsh punishment from his teachers.
The class eight pupil at Nyamninia Primary School noted that he was being subjected to harsh punishment for failing to attain 400 marks.
Reacting to the heartbreaking video, CS Magoha said the law is against corporal punishment in schools and recommended the sacking of the teachers involved.
The CS maintained that caning of pupils will not improve their situation but make them rebellious and against the system.
“It is totally against the law to apply any stick on a child as the law currently stands, my personal opinion notwithstanding. It is savage to cane a child like you are caning an animal,” CS Magoha said.
“Anybody who did some teaching and pedagogy at any level should know that if the child has performed well and you want them to do better, caning will not improve, it will just inspire some rebellion from the child.”
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