Magoha tells universities to hold virtual graduations for students who have successfully completed their programmes
By Vincent Kejitan | July 7th 2020
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
“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
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.
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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
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
"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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