The Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture has issued a statement advising all responsible authorities, heads of schools, parents, pupils and students and the general public, that, due to the harmonized elections scheduled for end of this month – 31 July 2013 – schools will close on 26 July 2013.
“This is necessary to enable the participation of teachers in this national exercise as well as the use of schools as polling stations,” said the statement.
In order to compensate for some of the lost time, the country’s third term will commence a week earlier – from 3 September instead of 10 September. The end date for the third term remains 5 December.
The Ministry further explained that “if individual schools have particular events which they will find difficult to adjust or postpone they may apply to the Permanent Secretary for permission to continue with these events. Sympathetic consideration will be given to these applications so long as they do not clash with the election itself and do not involve keeping the entire school open.”