education sector was the first to suffer from the coronavirus pandemic when
President Kenyatta ordered all learning institutions to close after the first
case of the disease was confirmed in the country. Weeks later, schools that had
adequate infrastructure resulted in teaching their learners online using
different web conferencing facilities.
first term closed prematurely and now into the second term with schools still
closed, administrators are uncertain about which direction to take. With disrupted
academic calendars, lack of revenue, and staff to pay, administrators are
devising mechanisms to ensure all systems run amidst the pandemic.
Friday, the University of Nairobi, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kiama, through an
address to the students and staff, said the University Senate had approved for
the examinations that were due in April to be administered online.
the University has been teaching students using Google platforms and late in
April, through a partnership with Telkom Kenya, the University provided
students and staff with Telkom lines to facilitate the online learning and
announcement has caused a lot of unease among the students, with a lot of
uncertainty surrounding how the examination will be administered. Concerns have
also been raised on the quality of such examinations and degrees that will be
awarded after a question that the University is yet to answer. At the time of
this publication, the University had not issued any guidelines on how the
examinations will be conducted, including the quality tests that it certifies.
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University of Nairobi succeed in this endeavor, it will be a game-changer on
examinations administration in the country and the first of its own kind.