CS MAGOHA: Universities, colleges to re-open in January 2021 after failing COVID-19 compliance

Universities, TTCs and TVETs will re-open for face-toface sessions in January 2021, this is according to the Ministry of Education.

CS George Magoha said that a survey in all Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs), Universities and TVET institutions in line with COVID-19 protocols had shown that a majority of them had not met the required standards, and therefore the decision to push forward re-opening.

Speaking after holding a meeting with stakeholders to inform Kenyans on the status of the education sector amid the pandemic, CS Magoha noted that the COVID-19 situation in the country was worsening and that some universities and colleges staff had been affected.

The ministry, however, directed that universities should continue offering online classes, examinations as well as virtual graduations, albeit with strict adherence to the University Standards and Guidelines.

The ministry is now calling upon institutions to follow suit from their counterparts that have successfully administered virtual services.

The ministry has cited examples of Dedan Kimathi and Riara Universities which have held virtual graduations and again Dedan Kimathi and KCA University which have undertaken virtual orientation of first year students.

“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 Ministry of Health based on the dynamics of preparedness,” said the ministry in a statement.

The ministry is further looking into way of supporting continued on-line learning for universit students by supporting HELB to facilitate them for the acquisition of online learning facilities and resources.

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