Universities, colleges to reopen from Monday

Written By: Margaret Kalekye/Irene Muchuma
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The learning institutions will be required to mandatorily enforce strict adherence to the COVID-19 health and safety protocols

The Government has ordered the resumption of learning in universities and all tertiary institutions with effect from Monday 5th October 2020.

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Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha, however, says the learning institutions must mandatorily enforce strict adherence to the COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

The announcement comes a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Ministry of Education to immediately issue a calendar for the resumption of the 2020 Academic year.

Examination classes of Teachers Training Colleges and other Technical institutions will report on 5th October, with institution boards expected to announce the resumption dates for in-person learning for other classes.

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Also to report on Monday are final year students in all universities, with dates for in-person learning for other students expected to be announced later by their respective universities.

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There is active engagement among education stakeholders on how best to ensure the safety of learners when learning fully resumes.

Protocols

The learning institutions will be required to mandatorily enforce strict adherence to the COVID-19 health and safety protocols, which include; monitoring of the body temperature for all learners and all other persons accessing the institutions, observance of high levels of hygiene, handwashing/use of sanitizers, and the adoption of innovative approaches to uphold the guidelines on physical and social distancing and the use of face masks/shields.

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Prior to reopening, institutions that had been designated as quarantine centres must be fumigated under the supervision of the Ministry of Health, must be linked to a health facility including providing psychosocial and spiritual support to learners and staff.

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“Councils/Boards and Vice-ChancelIors/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” warned the CS in a statement.

Education officials, in conjunction with public health officials, will continuously monitor and review the levels of compliance.

 

 

 

 

 

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