Press Release: Reopening of Universities and Tertiary institutions

Press Release: Reopening of Universities and Tertiary institutions

REOPENING OF UNIVERSITIES  & TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS

Pursuant  to the Presidential  Directive  issued  during  the  Twelfth (12″)  Presidential Address to the Nation on the Coronavirus Pandemic which  was delivered by His Excellency the President on Monday, 28th September, 2020, and following broad-based stakeholder consultations, the Ministry of Education notifies the public that the progressive re-opening of education institutions will commence with the re-opening of universities  and tertiary  institutions with effect from Monday, 5th October, 2020.

The specifics of the same are as follows:

I.       The examination  classes  of Teachers Training Colleges  (TTCs) and  Technical  and Vocational  Education  and Training (TVET) institutions will report on Monday, 5th October,  2020;

II.     The Boards of  the TTCs and  the TVETs  will  announce  the resumption date for in-person learning for other classes,  with priority being accorded  to students undertaking practical courses;

III.    Final  Year  Students  in  all  Universities  and their  Constituent Colleges will report on Monday, 5th October, 2020; and

IV.    The  respective University   Councils  and  their   Senates   will announce the  date  for  resumption  of  in-person  learning  for students in other  academic  classes,  with priority being accorded to those undertaking  science-based courses.

Safe resumption of  in-person  learning  in  all  Universities and Tertiary Institutions  requires utmost fidelity to the  Ministry of Health’s COVID-19  protocols and   guidelines.   Guided   by  those  protocols  and guidelines, it is directed THAT:

1.     All   learning institutions will   be  required to mandatorily enforce strict  adherence  to the COVID-19 health  and safety protocols, which include;  monitoring of the body temperature for all learners and all other persons  accessing the institutions, observance of  high  levels  of  hygiene, handwashing/use of sanitizers, and the adoption of innovative approaches to uphold the guidelines on physical and social distancing  and the use of face masks/shields;

2.       All Universities    and   tertiary    institutions   that   had    been designated  as quarantine  centres shall be fumigated  under the supervision of the Ministry of Health prior to their re-opening;

3.       All universities  and tertiary institutions must be linked  to  a health facility prior to being re-opened;

4.     All  learning institutions shall provide psychosocial  and  spiritual support to  learners  and  staff during the  subsistence  of  the current pandemic;

5.       Councils/Boards and Vice-Chancellors/Principals shall ensure full compliance  with  the  guidelines  and protocols issued  by the Ministry  of Health;  failure to which their respective  institutions will   be   closed   for   breaching those   health  protocols  and guidelines; and

6.       Education  officials, in  conjunction  with Public  Health  Officials, will continuously  monitor and  review  the levels of compliance with  respect to the aforementioned measures.

GEORGE A.O MAGOHA, CBS

CABINET SECRETARY  FOR EDUCATION

Tuesday, 29th September, 2020

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