Elections: It’s back to school after a 2-week break

Learners across the country return to school today (Thursday) after a two-week break. Primary and secondary schools opted for a midterm break on August 2 to pave the way for the August 9 general election.

The resumption date was extended for three more days to avoid interfering with the counting of votes as well as to assess the political environment during the proclamation of the presidential results by the IEBC electoral commission.

“We have been informed that the vote counting process may still be ongoing on the aforementioned date (August 11). Therefore, after further consultations, I hereby convey the government’s decision that basic education institutions will reopen from Monday, August 15,” the CS said in a statement on August 10.

“We apologize for any inconvenience caused by these changes and ask for your indulgence as we strive to keep learners safe and comfortable during this time,” he added.

Immediately after IEBC President Wafula Chebukati declared William Ruto president-elect on Monday, August 15, 2022, protests were reported in Kisumu and Kibra in Nairobi, which are considered Raila’s stronghold.

Normalcy has since returned with Azimio standard bearer and main challenger to Ruto, Raila Odinga, rejecting the results which he will challenge in court within the next seven days.

In this context, the Ministry of Education is categorical that there will be no further disruption of the school calendar in the event of a renewal of the presidential election or a by-election.

“If there’s an election somewhere and it’s going to take a day, we’re not going to ask our children to come home. It is much wiser to ensure that children who are in boarding schools stay there and avoid the classrooms where the vote will take place.

“We will also prevent the IEBC from creating tally centers where children go to use. We want to persuade them to move counting centers to other places such as higher education institutions,” Magoha said.

Magoha spoke on Wednesday during the commissioning of competency-based classes at Mwangaza and Ofafa Jericho secondary schools in Embakasi sub-county.

The second half of the term is expected to continue until September 16 according to the Ministry of Education’s revised schedule established to cover time lost during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 2022 academic year has two national exams with Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) scheduled between November 28 and December 23.

The sixth-grade exam will be administered between November 28 and 30, with 1.27 million candidates registered to take the pioneering exam under the new scheme which will see them join junior high schools.

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