The Ministry of Health has announced the progressive re-opening of universities and tertiary institutions.
According to the CS George Magoha-led ministry, universities and tertiary institutions will start re-opening with effect from Monday, October 5.
The October 5 date is meant for final year students in universities and tertiary institutions, with the relevant authorities expected to communicate resumption of in-person learning for students in other academic classes.
Priority will, however, be accorded to those undertaking science-based courses.
According to a press release from the ministry, upon re-opening, all the institutions should strictly adhere to the COVID-19 health and safety protocols. They include;
- Monitoring of temperature for all learners, staff, and all other persons accessing the institutions,
- Observing high levels of hygiene.,
- Setting up handwashing points/use of sanitisers,
- the adoption of innovative approaches to uphold the guidelines on physical and social distancing, and
- use of facemasks or face shields.
The Ministry says that all institutions that had been designated as quarantine centers should be fumigated under the supervisory of the Ministry of Health prior to their re-opening.
Consequently, all universities and tertiary institutions must be linked to a health facility before reopening, this is to deal with any emergency cases that will arise when in-face learning resume. The institutions are also supposed to develop psychological and spiritual support systems for students and staff.
Education officials accompanied by public health officials will continuously be monitoring and reviewing the levels of compliance with respect to said measures.
The Ministry warns that any institutions that will not comply with these guidelines will be closed.