Education CS Prof George Magoha

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha says Universities and colleges that are not COVID-19 compliant will remain closed until 2021.

CS Magoha and principal secretaries Simon Nabukwesi (University Education), and Dr Julius Jwan (Technical and Vocational Training) have been touring universities and technical institutions to assess their preparedness.

In statement on Thursday, CS Magoha said a survey of most institutions shows only few of them have put COVID-19 mitigation measures in place.

“A survey of all Teacher Training Colleges, Universities and TVET institutions has shown that few of them have put in place necessary measures to comply with the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 protocols that can guarantee safety of staff and learners once they reopen,” the statement noted.

His announcement came at a time the ministry postponed the resumption of face-to-face classes to January. 

He said the ministry arrived at the decision after finding out that most institutions are not COVID-19 compliant.

Magoha said students due for orientation in September would have to do so virtually, with all other academic activities including teaching, the administration of examinations and graduations set to take place online for the remainder of the year.

The ministry noted virtual orientation exercises had been successfully undertaken by KCA University in May, 2020 and Dedan Kimathi University in June and July.