Nairobi, Kenya – Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof. George Magoha has announced the progressive reopening of learning institutions starting with tertiary colleges and universities effective Monday 5th October 2020.
In a press statement seen by Zonk News on Tuesday, Prof. George Magoha said, “Following broad-based consultations, the Ministry of Education notifies the public that the progressive reopening of education institutions will start with the reopening of universities and tertiary institutions with effect from Monday 5th October 2020.”
Prof. Magoha noted that examination classes of Teachers Training Colleges -TTC, and Technical and Vocational Education and Training -TVET institutions, notwithstanding final year students in all universities, and their constituent colleges would report effective Monday 5th October.
At the same time, Prof. Magoha said that the Boards of TTC and TVET, and university councils would announce the resumption date for in-person learning for other classes, with a priority given to students undertaking practical courses.
After that, universities will progressively reopen in-person learning for all other courses in strict conformity to health ministry guidelines on the prevention of COVID-19 including monitoring of body temperatures for all learners and other persons accessing the institutions, observance of high levels of hygiene, handwashing or use of sanitizers, upholding guidelines on physical and social distancing and use of facemasks or shields.
Also, learning institutions that had been designated as quarantine facilities will be required to be fumigated under the supervision of health officials, prior to reopening.
Prof. Magoha’s directive comes a day after the president said that the country would only discuss on reopening schools once the safety of the learners has been assured.
“Learning institutions should only be reopened when we have and can sufficiently guarantee the safety of all our children. Let us not focus on when schools will reopen but on how they will reopen.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta made his remarks on Monday during his 12th Presidential address to the nation on the coronavirus pandemic.