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Ministry Of Education Press Release. Advisory On Reopening Of Universities And Tertiary Institutions

Pursuant to the Presidential order issued at the 12th Presidential Address to the Nation on the Covid-19 Pandemic which was delivered by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta on 28th of Sept 2020, and following broad-based stakeholder conference, the Ministry of Education informs the country that the advanced re-opening of learning Institutions will start with the reopening of tertiary institutions and universities as from next week on Monday, 5th 2020 October.

The specifics of the same are as follows:

1. The examination lessons of Teachers Training Colleges (TTCs) and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions will report on Monday, 5th October 2020;

II. TVETs and TTCs boards will declare openly the in-person learning resumption date for other classes, with students pursuing practical courses;
priority being accorded to 

III. Final Year Students in all Universities and their Constituent Colleges will report on Monday, 5th October 2020; and
IV. 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.

Safe resumption of in-person learning in all Universities and Tertiary Institutions requires utmost fidelity to the Ministry of Health's
COVID-19 protocols and guidelines. 

Guided by those protocols and
guidelines, it is directed THAT:

1. All learning 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;

2. All Universities and tertiary institutions that had been designated as quarantine centres shall be fumigated under the supervision of the Ministry of Health prior to their re-opening;

All universities and tertiary institutions must be linked to a health facility prior to being reopened;

All teaming institutions shall provide psychosocial and spiritual support to teamers and staff during the subsistence of the current pandemic; Councils/Boards and

Vice-Chancellors/principals shall ensure full
compliance with the guidelines and protocols issued by the Ministry of Health; failure to which their respective institutions will be closed for breaching those health protocols and
guidelines; and

Education officials, in conjunction with public health officials, will continuously monitor and review the terms of compliance with respect to the aforementioned measures.

 

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