George Magoha, the Education Cabinet Secretary, has said institutions of higher learning are covid-19 non-compliant; hence, they will remain closed until 2021.
CS Magoha, together with principal secretaries Dr. Julius Jwan (Technical and Vocational Training) and Simon Nabukwesi (University Education) have gone around colleges and universities in the past few weeks to assess their preparedness.
During a presser on Thursday, the Education CS said most institutions haven’t put covid-19 mitigation measures in place.
“After surveying all TVET institutions, universities, and training colleges, it has come to my attention that most of these facilities haven’t complied with the Ministry of Health’ s required measures,” said Magoha.
Magoha added that since the institutions didn’t meet the covid-19 protocols that would guarantee the safety of learners and staff.
He further noted that the ultimate decision regarding the reopening of universities, TVETs, and TTCs would depend on advice received from the Ministry of Health.
Currently, all education stakeholders have decided on the following:
- After successful online graduation at Dedan Kimathi University, virtual orientation should be extended to other universities.
- Face to face learning for all institutions of higher education will resume in January 2021.
- All institutions will continue preparing for their opening dates using the provided checklists and guidelines. However, their opening dates will determine the level of preparedness as proposed by the Ministry of Health.
- Additionally, education is looking for ways that HELB can assist students with online learning material.
- Universities must continue providing learners with virtual examinations, learning, and graduations. However, final years should be prioritized as they prepare to graduate. Currently, Riara University and Dedan Kimathi university have held auspicious virtual graduation ceremonies.
Magoha’s announcement comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Ministry of Education to have talks with education stakeholders regarding school reopening.
President Uhuru was speaking from State House while addressing the nation regarding the covid-19 pandemic.
The expected meeting will detail the school reopening date and advice learners further.