On Thursday 30th July Education CS Dr. George Magoha announced that all Universities, Teachers’ Training Colleges and TVET institutions will remain closed until January 2021.
Speaking during the press release session, the education CS stated that most of the higher learning institutions were not prepared to resume learning. He said that the guidelines set by the Ministry of health were not met by most institutions and the current rising number of confirmed Covid-19 cases were the biggest stamping blog to resume normal learning in Universities and colleges.
The education CS George Magoha noted that the finial decision on the reopening of TTC’s, TVET institutions and Universities was entirely dependent on the report from the Ministry of Health.
Following the recent trends of Covid-19 cases that the CS said stands at around 600 cases per day, the stakeholders resolved to halt the academic calendar upto January next year.
Among other resolutions made includes allowing university to offer virtual learning and holding virtual graduation ceremonies. The CS noted that a number of universities had held virtual graduation ceremonies and gave the examples of Riara University and Dedan Kimathi that have so far seen their students graduate virtually. Egerton University is set to carryout its virtual graduation ceremony soon.
The CS emphasized virtual learning for students who are especially in their final year.
According to the press release from the Ministry of Education, virtual orientation of first year students was successfully undertaken in KCA university in May and Dedan Kimathi University in June and July. He asked other higher learning institutions to emulate the same.
Supporting Virtual Learning
The CS also noted that the Ministry was looking into modalities to support students learn virtually through HELB. He stated that HELB will aid the process by supporting students with facilities and resources.
The CS encouraged all learning institutions to continue making preparations for face to face learning by making sure they comply with the regulations set in place.
These announcement comes barely a month after the CS had ruled out the reopening of Primary and secondary schools upto January of 2021. The CS has asked students to emphases the digital learning through the KICD radio programs that is freely available on both radio and TV.
Magoha noted that their were still challenges to get all learners learn thorough the process. he has therefore directed all basic education stakeholders to see that all learners are getting their education through the programs. He asked the administrators to include Nyumba Kumi Elders in making sure that learners who cannot access the radio and TV programs get to learn.