The Cabinet Secretary for Education in Kenya, Prof. George Magoha announced on Thursday 30th July that all TTC, TVETs and universities will reopen for face to face sessions in January 2021 and not in September as earlier announced.
The Cabinet Secretary statement comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Ministry of Education in consultation with all stakeholders on Monday to inform Kenyans on the status of education.
Kenya continues to witness the spike in infection with average daily reports standing at 600. Higher learning institutions have not been spared either from the pangs of the pandemic. The University of Nairobi has already lost four staff as a result of Covid-19.
Although the Ministry of Education as of 7th July, had started putting in place measures to contain the spread of the virus in Higher Learning Institutions in line with Ministry of Health guidelines, a survey conducted recently has shown that most of them are yet to implement the protocols.
“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 the safety of staff and learners once they reopen,” read part of the statement.
The Cabinet Secretary urged the institutions to continue offering virtual learning, examinations and graduation in strict measures set by the Commission for University Education.
“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,” said Magoha.
So far, Dedan Kimathi University and Riara University are the only institutions that have held virtual graduations. Egerton University is set to hold one on Friday, 31st July, while the University of Nairobi scheduled to have their virtual graduation on 25th September.
The Ministry of Education is also looking into ways of supporting continued on-line learning for the University by supporting the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB).
“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,” said Magoha in the statement.