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what’s next on education

Byjess

Jul 30, 2020

by:Jacinta maara

Text Box: EDUCATION  SECTOR  RESPONSE  TO  THE  NATIONAL COVID-19 CONTAINMENT  MEASURES

In compliance with the directive issued by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta on July 26,2020 ,the Ministry of Education has today met with all stakeholders to deliberate on the current preparedness for physical reopening of TTC,TVETs & Universities as earlier intended from September 1st 2020 .Today’s meeting was held on the understanding that the decision to reopen all basic education learning institutions on January 2020 is upheld as agreed at an earlier meeting of education shareholders held on July 7th 2020.

NOTED IN TODAY’S STAKEHOLDERS MEETING:

  1. The current COVID-19 situation has kept worsening, with an average number of new positive cases daily averaging 600 in the last one week. As of yesterday, the number of positive reported cases stood at 19,125, some of them affecting staff of universities & colleges. The University of Nairobi has already lost four staff members as a result of COVID-19.
  2. A survey of all TTC, TVET & Universities shows that few of them have put in place necessary measures to comply with the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 protocols that can guarantee safety of staff and learners once they reopen.
  3. The final decision on the reopening of higher education learning institutions will be dependent on the guidelines from the Ministry of Health.

AGAINST THIS BACKGROUND, THE STAKEHOLDERS HAVE RESOLVED;

  1. All TTCs, TVETs and Universities will reopen for face to face sessions in January 2021.
  2. Universities should continue offering virtual learning ,examinations and virtual graduations but in strict adherence to measures & guidelines set by the Commission for Universities Education ‘s.
  3. Virtual orientation of first year students has successfully undertaken in KCA  & Dedan Kimathi University and this should be extended to other universities.
  4. All institutions will continue making arrangements for re-opening based on the provided guidelines and checklists .However, authorization to re-open for face to face teaching ,learning and research ,will be based on further guidance from the ministry of health based on the dynamics of preparedness.
  5. The Ministry is looking into ways of supporting continued on-line learning for University students by supporting HELB to facilitate them for the acquisition of online learning and resources.

The stakeholders also observed that ,although KICD continues to provide remote learning through radio,television and online programmes,there are some children who are unable to access these programmes.The ministry of Education and TSC ,using a multi-agency approach in collaboration with chiefs and the nyumba kumi initiative,will implement a community-based learning approach where teachers will be mapped with learners to offer learning at no cost .

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