Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) George Magoha on Thursday announced that the re-opening of all tertiary institutions including colleges and universities has been postponed until January 2021.
While addressing the media at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) which is a State Corporation mandated to conduct Research and Develop Curricula for all education levels below universities, CS Magoha revealed that he had held a stakeholders consultative meeting at which consensus was reached to push the reopening of all universities, TVETs and Teacher Training Colleges to January 2021 as the country steps up the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.
CS Magoha noted that a spot-check in the majority of the tertiary institutions had shown that the was a poor level of preparedness in regards to the measures required to open the schools, thus the return of students could have been detrimental in the fight against COVID-19.
In a statement sent out to the newsrooms, the following observations had been made by the stakeholders;
- The current situation regarding the COVID-19 situation has kept worsening, with an average number of 600 new positive cases in the last one week. As of Wednesday, 29th July, the reported positive cases stood at 19,125, some of them affecting universities and colleges including the University of Nairobi which has lost four staff members.
Since July 2020, the Ministry has embarked on putting in place measures to ensure the smooth running of higher learning institutions in line with COVID-19 protocols, while taking cognisant of the developments in the pandemic emanating from the Ministry of Health.
A survey of all Teachers Training Colleges, Universities, and TVET institutions has shown that a few of them have put in place measures to comply with the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 protocols that can guarantee the safety of staff and learners once they reopen.
The final decision on the reopening of the TTCs, TVETs, and Universities will be dependant on the guidance from the Ministry of Health.
It has since been resolved that all TTCs, TVETs, and Universities will re-open face to face sessions in January. In the meantime, universities have been advised to continue offering virtual learning, examinations, and graduations in strict adherence observance to quality measures set by the Commission for University Eduction’s Standards and Guidelines.