Magoha Moves Date Of Reopening Schools

He further asked parents to ignore the initial communication that indicated that schools would reopen on Wednesday, August 10.

Magoha Moves Date Of Reopening Schools
Education CS Prof George Magoha. /KBC DIGITAL

Education Cabinet Secretary, George Omore Magoha has announced that the reopening date for all schools has been changed to Monday, August 15, 2022.

Magoha explained in a press statement that the changes were orchestrated by delays in the ongoing vote tallying process.

He further asked parents to ignore the initial communication that indicated that schools would reopen on Thursday, August 11.

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha addresses Manyatta Primary School pupils in Kisumu on March 24, 2021. /DAILY NATION

“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,” Magoha’s statement read in part.

“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."

Magoha sent apologies to the parents, guardians and learners who might be affected by the sudden changes in opening dates.

“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 added. 

Magoha on Monday, August 8 warned that the opening date of schools may change depending on the environment of the August 9 general elections.

"Assuming everything else is constant, the children should go back to school on Thursday, August 11. However, the date may change depending on the political environment."

"For the love of our children, if we feel that they should stay home for one or two more days, we will then pronounce ourselves at that time. The public should not be worried at all because we will be on the watch,” he assured.

The CS had noted that the dates were tentative and subject to change in the event the elections go into a repeat. He also warned of the national examinations calendar being affected.

The 2022 academic year consists of four national exams; the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE),  Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), and the Grade Three and Six exams under the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC). The calendar is different from the usual calendars given that it includes the CBC exams.

KCPE exams will be undertaken between November 28 and December 1, while KCSE will commence between December 1 and 23. 

The Grade Six exam will be done between November 28-30, an exam which has already seen 1.27 million candidates registered to sit the first exam under the new curriculum which will see them join junior secondary schools.

The CBC Grade 6 exam will make up for 40 per cent of the total score while the Grade 4, 5 and 6 school-based assessments will take the rest, being 60 per cent.

Education CS George Magoha. /DAILY NATION