Education CS Fred Matiang’i has said the ministry has proposed that higher learning academic institutions should be closed for two weeks, from August 4th to enable a smooth election process. He said the Ministry is scrutinizing the calendar and how they can accommodate the election season for the universities and colleges.
The Cabinet Secretary was addressing education stakeholders at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) at Ngara in Nairobi, and he said schools that will be used as voting stations will be handed over officially. “You need to have an inventory of the facilities IEBC will need and hand over and receive back from IEBC as soon as the process is done,” said CS Matiang’i. He said there shouldn’t be any abrupt planning from IEBC.
The CS said that IEBC should make sure that the public property wich will be destroyed is repaired, “These schools don’t belong to us, we should be responsible adults. We’re borrowing these facilities from our children.” CS Matiang’i urged Vice-Chancellors, Principals and headteachers to ensure that the education sector remains stable during this election period, “Let’s be very responsible, these are our children, the parents have entrusted them to us, so that we can work with them,” said Matiang’i.