The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has questioned whether the Ministry of Education intends to follow through with a fresh directive for schools to resume operations next week amidst the possible announcement of the presidential election results.
This comes after Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha on Saturday further pushed the reopening of schools from the earlier announced Monday to Thursday, August 18, 2022.
The changes, according to Magoha, had been informed by a delay in the vote tallying process.
According to KUPPET, teachers, pupils, parents and stakeholders alike are unsure on whether the ministry will carry on with its order since the reopening date has shifted in barely a week’s time and could further change should the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) experience further delays in announcing the results.
On July 31, Magoha had said that schools would reopen on August 15, but later changed the date to August 11 after ordering an immediate closure of schools in a statement on August 1.
“The decision was universally condemned by all education stakeholders, none of which was consulted in its making,” said KUPPET Secretary General Akelo Misori in a statement to newsrooms.
“Given the unpredictability of the changes, there is uncertainty whether the Minister will adhere to the new date, since the election programme is still unfolding.”
According to KUPPET, the uncertainty surrounding the reopening of schools is making it difficult for schools to make plans based on the latest announcement.
“This is a sad state of affairs, given the immense financial and logistical factors involved in the re-opening of schools. To remedy the situation, the Minister must issue a statement on the comprehensive term dates for schools for the rest of the year,” said KUPPET.