Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has directed all tertiary institutions to reopen from Monday, October 5 after six months of closure over coronavirus fears.
In a statement on Tuesday, Magoha said all final year students should report back to school from next Monday as part of progressive re-opening of education institutions.
The CS said the respective University Councils and their Senates will announce the date for resumption of in-person learning for students in other academic classes, with priority being accorded to those undertaking science-based courses.
Similarly, the Boards of the Teachers Training Colleges and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVETs) will also be expected to announce the resumption date for in-person learning for other classes, with priority being accorded to students undertaking practical courses.
“The examination classes of Teachers Training Colleges (TTCs) and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions will report on Monday, 5th October 2020,” the statement reads.
The institutions will be required to mandatorily enforce strict adherence to the COVID-19 health and safety protocols, which include; monitoring of the body temperature for all learners and all other persons accessing the institutions, observance of high levels of hygiene, handwashing/use of
sanitizers, and the adoption of innovative approaches to uphold the guidelines on physical and social distancing and the use of face masks/shields.
Magoha directed all Universities and tertiary institutions that had been designated as quarantine centres to be fumigated under the supervision of the Ministry of Health prior to their re-opening.
This comes a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the ministry to plan on reopening of schools amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
During the 12th address on the COVID-19 in the country on Monday, President Kenyatta reiterated on the focus on “how” schools would reopen and not “when”.
“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, ” he said