JKUAT has issued a statement over the planned reopening scheduled for January 2021.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s office has given students a 12-day period to clear up properties from hostels.
“You are required to collect all your belongings from the hostels between Monday, August 17, and Friday, August 28,” the DVC Professor Robert Kinyua directed.
Education CS George Magoha directed universities to embark on various preparatory activities ahead of reopening. The CS urged colleges to consider guidelines from the Ministry of Health to curb the spread of Coronavirus.
The activities include re-arrangement of hostel facilities to accommodate fewer residents and fumigation of all rooms.
JKUAT COVID-19 Preparedness
JKUAT stated that hostel staff would be availed to clear students on normal working hours except on weekends.
The university warned that they won’t take care of belongings not collected after the deadline. The notice urged students to sanitise, social-distance and wear masks.
The period of closure has seen students lose belongings to thieves. A case in point occurred in Kakamega few days ago. Residents broke into various hostels outside campus premises and stole household goods. The most affected areas were Milimani, Kefinco, Koromatangi and Showground estates.
It is alleged that the gangs break into households even during the day. Students left their property in the hands of caretakers and landlords.
On Thursday, July 30, Magoha announced that colleges and universities would remain closed until January 2021.
In a statement, Magoha noted that most institutions were not well prepared to enforce the prevention measures as recommended by the Health Ministry.
“All Teachers Training Colleges (TTCs), Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVETs) and Universities will reopen for face-to-face sessions in January 2021.
“A robust multi-sectoral approach will be employed to step up preparedness for reopening in compliance with MoH protocols on mitigating the Covid-19 effects,” he stated.