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CS Magoha: Universities Will Remain Closed Until 2021.

In a statement released on Thursday,  Education CS Magoha said a survey of most institutions shows only a few of them have put COVID-19 mitigation measures in place.

As a result,  George Magoha has said that Universities and colleges that are not COVID-19 compliant will remain closed until 2021.

This comes just days after President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Education Ministry to hold talks with stakeholders in discussing how schools will be re-opened.

“A survey of all Teacher Training Colleges, Universities and TVET institutions has shown that few of them have put in place necessary measures to comply with the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 protocols that can guarantee safety of staff and learners once they reopen,” the statement noted.

“The final decision on the reopening of the TTC’s, TVETs and universities will be dependent on the guidance from the Ministry of Health,”

1. All TTCs, TVETs and Universities will reopen for face-to-face sessions in January 2021.

2. Universities should continue offering virtual learning, examinations and virtual graduations but in strict adherence observance to quality measures set by the Commission for University Education’s the University Standards and Guidelines. Priority should be given to final year students to ensure they can graduate. So far, Dedan Kimathi University and Riara University have held virtual graduations. Egerton University is also set to hold virtual graduation on July 31, 2020 while the University of Nairobi is set to hold virtual graduation on  September 25,  2020.

4. Virtual orientation to be implemented to other universities after a successful trial at Dedan Kimathi University.

5. All institutions will continue making arrangements for re-opening based on the provided guidelines and checklists. However, authorization to re-open for face to face teaching, learning and research, will be based on further guidance from the Ministry of Health based on the dynamics of preparedness.

6. The Ministry is looking into ways of supporting continued on-line learning for University students by supporting HELB to facilitate them for the acquisition of on-line learning facilities and resources.

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