Most technical and vocational training colleges have partially re-opened as part of the progressive resumption of learning as directed by the government.
At the Maasai Mara technical and vocational training College in Narok county, 26 students have already reported at the institution and are expected to sit for their examinations on Monday. The school was forced to suspend the learning calendar including examinations which were scheduled for March due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The college was partially re-opened after complying with the ministry of health protocols and guidelines. The institution has managed to put up 15 hand washing points with each having 10 taps with running water.
According to the institution’s Principal John Munandu Kilonzo, every student entering the institution must have their temperatures recorded and will not be allowed to leave the school’s compound unless with the direct permission from the management. “We have already drilled a borehole within the institution and are in the process of constructing a dispensary to ensure the safety of our learners,” says Kilonzo.
The institution has also built eight more classes to ensure it complies with the social distancing directive with more students set to gradually report back.
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha had directed a section of universities and colleges to reopen on October 5th 2020, as part of a progressive resumption of learning.
In the directive, Magoha said boards of TTCs and TVETS would announce the resumption dates of in-person learning for other classes with priority being accorded to students who are undertaking practical courses. The institutions are however required to mandatorily enforce strict adherence to Covid-19 measures including monitoring of body temperatures. All institutions that had earlier been designated as quarantine centers will also be required to be fumigated under the supervision of MoH before reopening.
Tertiary institutions were also directed to get linked to a health facility prior to reopening, while learners and staff will be provided with psychological and spiritual support with education officials in conjunction with public health officials required to continuously monitor and review the level of compliance.