By Getrude Matayo
The Ministry of Education CS George Magoha gave clearance for the resumption of final year students in all universities and tertiary institutions to report back class on Monday, October 5th.
The decision announced by Education CS George Magoha marks the first step to reopening the education sector and comes after the President put brakes on plans to reopen schools.
Cs Magoha directed University Councils and Senates to subsequently prioritize the reopening in-person teaching for science and-based courses.
The Boards of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutions (TVETs), Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs), and University Councils will announce the resumption date of in-persons learning of other classes.
To safeguard those to report back, the ministry directed that all learning institutions enforce strict Covid-19 health and safety protocols
The learning institutions will be required to sporadically monitor temperatures for all students, enforce observation of hygiene as well as adopt innovative ways of enforcing social distance.
The institutions will be required to maintain a high level of hygiene by hand washing, use of sanitizer, adopting the physical and social distancing measures, and wearing face masks.
Education CS Magoha further directed all universities and tertiary institutions used as quarantine facilities to be fumigated. The institutions will also be required to link up with medical facilities in their proximity prior to reopening
Learning institutions have been asked to provide psychosocial and spiritual support to learners.
President Uhuru Kenyatta had announced on Monday the re-opening of schools will remain on hold until the learner’s safety is guaranteed, further directing CS Magoha to review the education calendar in consultation with stakeholders.
“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 said.