Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha has urged universities to intensify online teaching ahead of 2021 reopening.
He was talking at Maseno University where he went to assess how prepared the university is interms of of Covid-19 mitigation.
The CS said that virtual learning is the only way to go ,considering the prevailing conditions in the country currently.
“Up to 70 per cent of our universities are going on with online learning while others have planned to conduct online graduations,”Said Magoha
“The government is ready to offer facilitation for all universities to have virtual content as face to face learning remains suspended.”
He urged quality and adherence to standards set by the Commission for University Education.
Currently,the only universities that have conducted online graduations include Dedan Kimathi, Riara and Egerton.
University of Nairobi’s 63rd graduation ceremony is expected to take place on September 25th.
Magoha said that the government was prompted to push reopening dates to January next year from September this year because many haven’t met the Health Ministry regulations.
“The remaining period of about five months is enough for universities and colleges to put in place measures to curb the spread of the viral disease,” he said.
The CS hailed Maseno University for ensuring social distancing and urged the vice Chancellor Professor Julius Nyabundi to increase the number of water points and automatic sanitizer dispenser.
Among the things that institutions are required to have include;
- Enough hand-washing points.
- Thermo guns
- Equipped isolation facilities
- Protective gear
- Face masks.
Measures must also be put in place to ensure regular cleaning of doors, door knobs, light switches as well as stair rails.
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