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Universities To Reopen In January 2021

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UPDATE: Thursday July 30, 12.29pm: All teacher-training colleges, TVETs and universities to resume face-face teaching in January 2021, directed Education CS George Magoha after a meeting with stakeholders.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday July 27 directed the Ministry of Education to defer reopening of universities in the country from Spetember 2020 to January 2021.

He directed for online classes and graduations to continue amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision therefore means universities will join learning institutions such as preparatory, primary and sceondary schools who are set to resume services in January 2021.

Private universities in Kenya. Source: File

The University of Nairobi announced on Monday July 27 that it would reopen virtually in September.

The University Vice Chancellor Professor Kiama Gitahi ruled out any form of on-campus learning this year saying the Senate has reached the decision to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

“University of Nairobi is at the epicentre of COVID-19. We are responsible people to observe how the situation is unfolding and only allow learning when we are advised by experts to do so,” revealed Prof. Kiama.

The university also announced that this year’s graduation would be conducted online in September.

With the COVID-19 cases in the country rising each day, Prof. Kiama says allowing the 10,000 students hosted at the university’s main campus to study from school will be digging their graves.

University of Nairobi Vice chancellor Prof. Kiama Gitahi. Source: File

At least four members of staff at the university have passed away due to COVID-19 related issues with several others in isolation after turning positive. This is despite the university premises remaining closed for students and majority of the staff.

“By Saturday we had 21 cases of positive staff and they are increasing. We’ve lost others and its a fact. UoN has over 65,000 students who live in all parts of Nairobi. You cannot tell us that putting sanitizer in the hostels will help until we are advised by experts. We do not think will reopen anytime soon,” added Kiama.

The Ministry of Health on Monday July 27 announced 440 new cases of COVID-19 from 3,197 samples, bringing the total caseload to 17,975.

Five new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours raising fatalities to 285.

90 patients have been discharged raising recoveries to 7,833.