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The ministry of education officials are planning to adjust the school calendar in favour of the August 9 General-Election.

According to the academic calendar released by the Ministry of Education for the current academic year, schools are expected to proceed for the second term mid-term on August 11, two days after the August 9 election date. This implies that the schools will be in session on voting day.

Officials from the ministry of education however have communicated the need to adjust the calendar to ensure that learners take their half term break before the election date. This will enable the institutions to be used as polling centers.

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The officials maintained that a precedent had been set in the 2017 repeat presidential election on October 26, that ensured all schools closed to allow the learning institutions to act as polling centres on the polls day.

“During the repeat presidential election, the Ministry made a slight adjustment to the school calendar to accommodate the exercise. It will be the same case this year since the elections will be held in the middle of the term so there is no cause for alarm,” said the officials.

In the previous elections, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has warned against the destruction of school property during voting.

In the 2017 August 8 election, schools were closed earlier than scheduled to allow IEBC to use the institutions as polling or tallying centres.

A revised school programme for the current year indicates that Second Term commences on July 11 and runs for 10 weeks until September 16 while the third term will start on September 26 and run up to November 25.

As the country prepares for the General Election, learning institutions are also rushing against time to cover most of their syllabus at least by the time the General Election is held.

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