Government of Kenya has postponed the reopening of school to Thursday the 18th day of August 2022 as vote counting continues across the country.
Earlier on schools were scheduled to reopen on Monday 15th.
In a statement on Saturday, August 13, Magoha explained that due to the ongoing election votes tallying exercise, the government has resolved to shift the reopening date.
He urged all stakeholders to bear with the government as they deal with the complex issue of vote tallying.
Hundreds of primary and secondary schools are normally used as polling stations in Kenya.
Prof George Magoha apologised to the public for any inconveniences that may have been caused by the delay, but said the government was keen on “ensuring the safety and comfort of learners through this period”.
“Following the conduct of our National Elections on Tuesday 9th August, 2022 the process of tallying of ballots is still ongoing. Therefore, following further consultations, I hereby convey the Government’s decision on the suspension of the reopening of ALL Basic Education institutions with effect from Monday, 15th August, 2022 until Thursday 18th August, 2022,” said CS Magoha.
Last week’s decision to close schools abruptly caught many schools and parents unawares leading to chaotic scenes as parents scrambled to pick their children from schools at short notice.
It could be several days before the official result of the election is known.
But provisional results suggest a tight presidential race between Deputy President William Ruto and former prime minister Raila Odinga.
Constitution constrains the electoral body to announce the presidential results seven days from the day votes are cast.