Why use schools as nomination centres?

It seems to be a tradition for schools to be used as nomination centres and polling centres.

This year, nine schools were used as nomination centres ("Nomination Day: What to expect"; Aug 31).

What is the reason for this choice of venue?

Nomination Day usually falls on a weekday and schools which are used as nomination centres will have to "close", thus inconveniencing not only students but also their parents.

The normal school routine would also be affected, with teachers and other school staff required to make preparation for the nomination centre's operations a few days ahead of Nomination Day.

Would it not be better to use alternative venues, such as community centres, as nomination centres?

Muhammad Dzul Azhan Haji Sahban