Three University of Nairobi employees have died of Covid-19.
Vice-Chancellor Stephen Kiama (pictured) said yesterday the affected staffers have been working from home. He said it was unfortunate to lose the three to the Covid-19 pandemic.
And two others tested positive as cases of the virus increased in the country.
“We continue to insist that staff must work from home. Those who are 58 years and above can take leave and that each one must keep safe wherever they are,” said Prof Kiama.
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The development further complicates the planned September reopening of universities and colleges as earlier indicated by the Ministry of Education.
“We have issued our advisory that September opening will be impossible because we expect cases to peak in November. We shall not take risks as yet,” said Kiama.
Outlining the school calendar on July 7, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said reopening of universities for face-to-face sessions will be on a case-by-case basis based on approved compliance with the Ministry of Health Covid-19 protocols.
The CS noted that teacher training colleges and TVET institutions would be allowed to reopen from September subject to strict adherence to the ministry’s Covid-19 protocols. However, he urged universities and colleges to continue holding virtual learning.
“Universities should consider phased reopening to achieve physical and social distancing, especially in halls of residence, lecture rooms, and dining halls,” said Magoha.
Vice-Chancellors Committee chairperson Geoffrey Muluvi said yesterday each institution will make their own opening arrangements and put in place health measures to be approved by the ministry.