Following the ongoing arrangements to see the Successfulness of 2022 August 9th general elections in the country , no doubt this will irreversibly disrupt the school calendar as a good number of learning institutions will serve as tallying centres during the elections.
Latest revelations indicate that majority of the IEBC polling and tallying centres are institutions are primary, secondary schools, universities and technical training institutes.
The Key bodies in the government i.e education ministry, IEBC, and the targeted schools have revealed that schools identified to serve as tallying centres will break for midterm on Monday, 5 days earlier than other schools.
In part of the notifications it read:
“To all parents, students will break for midterm on Monday 1/8/2022 at 8.00 am as the school has been identified as a tallying centre,” read a message.
Note: All those schools that will not serve as tallying centres will release students for half-term break on August 5.
“Dear parent, please come and pick up your daughter (name withheld) on Friday 5/8/2022 by 9am. The resumption date will be communicated later,” the message reads.
Thus depending on the schools’ organization, most of them which will not serve as tallying centres will begin releasing students for mid-term break from Wednesday August 3 2022.
Ministry of Education’s school calendar had previously directed that learners break on August 11 and resume after three days.
As a result of election set for August 9, the students will not be able to continue with their studies between August 1 and August 10.
Going by the gazette notice from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, almost 250 schools will be used as tallying centres.
With the second schedule of county tallying centres, 15 out of the 47 counties will have the tallying centres in schools .
“identified and listed counties are Mombasa, Embu, Kiambu, Nakuru, Trans Nzoia, Kakamega, Tana River, Nyeri, Kapsabet, Vihiga,” the notice reads.
Additional to these are Machakos, Isiolo, Murang’a, Laikipia and Nyamira.
According to the IEBC another 17 institutions of higher education will be used as county tallying centres.
“these counties are Kilifi, Taita Taveta, Garissa, Baringo, Kericho, Busia, Garissa, Makueni, Narok, Bomet, Kisumu as well as Turkana,Uasin Gishu, Kajiado, Bungoma, Homa Bay, Migori as well as Kisii counties.