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UoN Postpones September Reopening Dates - 3 Varsity Staff Die Of COVID

Sofia KE

July. 16, 2020

The University of Nairobi is suffering a loss after 3 staff members succumbed to Covid-19. The Vice Chancellor, Stephen Kiama, said that the deceased have been working from home.
“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,” he said.
According to Kiama the planned September reopening is impossible as cases are expected to peak towards end of the year.
“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,” Kiama said.
The institution had been given the go ahead to resume under strict Covid regulations however Kiama insists on continuation of virtual learning. Kiama added that no student expecting to graduate this year, should fail to do so because of the pandemic.
Also, depending on their expected reporting dates, admissions and orientations of new students will also be done virtually.
The Education CS announced that schools will reopen in January 2021 since the number of cases are still on the rise. Though institutions of higher learning were to be assessed depending on their preparedness.
“Universities should consider phased reopening to achieve physical and social distancing, especially in halls of residence, lecture rooms, and dining halls,” said Magoha.
Magoha also noted that the decision to reopen depends on the prevailing conditions.
 “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 said.
As said yesterday by Geoffrey Muluvi, Vice-Chancellors Committee chairperson, each institution will make their own opening arrangements and implement health measures to be approved by the ministry.
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