Magoha apologises to the sudden closure of schools .Some parents and teachers were displeased as they had not prepared for it.
Magoha was launching the newly built CBC class at Umoja Secondary School in Eldoret .He sated that the sudden closure of schools was to ensure that the IEBC prepares early for the elections and that also he was putting the children’s welfare into consideration.
The schools were to be closed on 2nd August and resume on 11th August , contradicting his earlier statements of schools closing on 6th August and reporting back on 15th August.
“Following consultation, I hereby convey the Government’s decision on the immediate closure of all basic education institutions from Tuesday, August 2 until Wednesday, August 10 to ensure that preparations and conduct of upcoming elections is carried out seamlessly,” CS Magoha said in a statement on Monday.
Headteachers were also outraged by the sudden announcement of closing date.The chairperson of the Kenya Secondary’s Heads Associations (KSSHA),Kahi Indimuli accused the Ministry of Education of failing to send prior communication but made decisions instantaneously.
“We have heard the complaints from parents, but let me just be clear: we also received the orders on Monday, and we must adhere to them.Some schools may accommodate the students for one more day to allow parents to prepare to pick them, especially boarding schools,” Indimuli told Kenyans.co.ke
He also added that such sudden notice will cause a transport crisis as all schools have all been closed at the same time.As compared to before when different schools released students on separate dates.
The electoral body has listed most schools as polling centres. The early closure allowed for preparation, including labelling of centres and making public voters lists in all stations.