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2 UON staff have died of coronavirus, Prof Kiama says

University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor Prof Stephen Kiama has revealed that two employees of the varsity have succumbed to coronavirus.

Prof Kiama, while addressing staff and students in a virtual meeting on Friday, said the two died in the last three weeks.

“The University of nairobi has also not been spared by this enemy. These are not just statistics. These are our brothers, sisters, parents and friends,” he said.

Kiama further said that learning in the institution has been going on despite the adverse effects of the coronavirus that saw the closure of learning institutions.

He, however noted that the challenge of cost of data still drains the achievements.

“This intervention brought life back to the university, as faculty and students began to engage. As we were gaining momentum, the challenge of cost of data emerged and threatened to roll back our gains.”

Prof Kiama said that students expected to graduate this year should not be denied the opportunity.

On reopening, the VC said the Deans are working with respective Principals to ensure plans are set for a phased reopening.

The government recently declared the 2020 academic calendar lost to COVID-19. In the new directives, Primary and Secondary schools will reopen as from January 2021 provided the infection curve will have flattened.

Tertiary institutions are set to reopen from September in strict compliance with the Ministry of Health’s guidelines.

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