CS Magoha: Tertiary institutions to remain closed until January 2021
By Vincent Odhiambo | All tertiary institutions in the country will remain closed until January 2021.
Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha said most of the institutions he visited across the country were not ready for September re-opening.
Universities will keep offering online teaching and examinations, said Magoha, citing that the decision to close them down will stay as many had not complied with the COVID-19 safety measures.
In a press briefing, the CS said Medicine students in their final year, if need be will be, allowed to sit exams wearing the Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).
This, the CS said, would enable them to graduate and join in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic that has gripped the country, leaving 311 people dead with 19,125 people dead.
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.
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.
Final exams for Primary and Secondary schools have been moved to November 2021 as they are expected to fully re-open in January 2021.
Schools will be required to have adequate hand-washing points, automatic sanitiser dispensers, hand-held thermometers, isolation facilities, and facemasks as new raft measures to handle COVID-19.
On July 7, Prof. Magoha announced the closure of all primary and secondary schools until January 2021.
The re-opening, he said, would be subject to a reduction in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
“The school calendar for the current year will be considered lost owing to the impact of COVID-19 on the education calendar”, said CS Magoha.