Magoha tells universities to hold virtual graduations for students who have successfully completed their programmes

By Vincent Kejitan | Tuesday, Jul 7th 2020 at 14:44
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Education CS Prof George Magoha on Tuesday instructed universities to continue holding virtual classes and graduations for those who have completed their programmes.

While speaking on the reopening of schools, Magoha said that reopening of universities for face to face sessions will be on a case by case basis upon approval by the Ministry of Health.

“Universities should continue holding virtual learning and graduations for students who have successfully completed their programmes and met graduation requirements set by their respective Senates.

“They should consider phased reopening to achieve physical and social distancing especially in halls of residence, lecture rooms and dining halls,” said Magoha.

He further warned that all institutions allowed to reopen must comply with Covid-19 regulations or risk closure.

The CS, however, hinted that the decisions made might change depending on the prevailing circumstances.

“All the decisions that we have made here with stakeholders regarding reopening of learning institutions may change as informed by reports from the Ministry of Health, prevailing circumstances and increased knowledge of the COVID-19,” he added.

Earlier, Magoha stated that there will be no national examinations (KCPE/KCSE) in 2020.

While speaking at the KICD headquarters, the CS noted that the current circumstances cannot allow schools to be reopened since the number of Coronavirus infections are still on the rise.

He noted that the examinations will be administered in 2021 and the date will be communicated later.

"Based on this disturbing trend of COVID-19 cases rising steadily, Education stakeholders have shelved the initial proposal to reopen schools in September for Class 8 and Form 4 learners.

"In consultation with Ministry of Health we have agreed schools to reopen when daily COVID-19 cases reduce consistently for 14 days. Social and physical distancing is the most critical factor in ensuring safety of learners," said the CS.

Further, all learners in Grade 1 to 4, Standard 5 to 7 and Form 1, 2 and 3 will remain in the same classes in 2021.

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