A publication by Mount Kenya University has let out a secret that Universities will open their doors to students on September 7th this year. Debate on when the institutions of learning will reopen following their closure 3 months ago has been ongoing with the Ministry of Education noting that re-opening might be pushed to next year January.
MKU, while reaching out to new students set to join the institutions noted that they will be able to report to classes and that lectures will commence on 7th of September. The institution was calling on to those who had been placed by KUCCPS to ensure that they downloaded their letters of admission from the university site before the opening date.
The Ministry of Education has already issued minimum requirements for re-opening including provision of masks for every student and staff, testing of all lecturers and support staff, setting up of hand washing tanks and sanitizers in each entry point, existence of an isolation unit close to each university and ensuring that Social distancing directive is adhered to during lectures.
The above moves have been termed as impossible by top leadership of universities who still insist that the campuses will only be opened when the COVID-19 infection curve flattens. According to the ministry of health, the country’s cases will peak in September making it hard for institutions to planning to resume operations to do so with ease.
Varsities are now struggling to ensure that they fill up their declared capacities with some inviting students to apply for inter-university transfers which has just kicked off. All students who have placed into courses of less preference to them have been given a window period to reapply for other courses and secure places of admissions into other universities of their choice. To do this, students are needed to log in to their KUCCPS portal.