Universities’ opening dates announced

By Brian Okoth for K24

Prof George Magoha
Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof George Magoha, at a past function. [PHOTO | FILE]

Universities, colleges, teaching and technical training institutions have been directed by Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha to open for face-to-face learning beginning Monday, October 5, 2020.

“The examination classes of Teachers’ Training Colleges (TTCs) and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions will report on Monday, October 5, 2020,” Magoha said in a press statement on Tuesday, September 29.

“The Boards of the TTCs and the TVETs will announce the resumption date for in-person learning for other classes, with priority accorded to students undertaking practical courses,” added the Cabinet minister.

Prof. Magoha further directed that Final Year students in universities to resume face-to-face studies on Monday, October 5.

“The respective University Councils and their Senates will announce the date for resumption of in-person learning for students in other academic classes, with priority being accorded to those undertaking Science-based courses,” said the CS.

“Safe resumption of in-person learning in all universities and tertiary institutions requires utmost fidelity to the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 protocols and guidelines,” warned Prof. Magoha.

The CS has directed all institutions of higher learning to ensure that the students’ and staff members’ body temperatures are taken at key points of entry, sanitizers and handwashing stations are made available at strategic points within the campuses, and social distancing guidelines are observed.

“All universities and tertiary institutions that had been designated as quarantine centres shall be fumigated under the supervision of the Ministry of Health prior to their reopening,” said the minister in his statement.

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“Councils/Boards and Vice-Chancellors/Principals shall ensure full compliance with the guidelines and protocols issued by the Ministry of Health; failure to which their respective institutions will be closed for breaching those health protocols and guidelines.”

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