After a directive by the Ministry of Education to have normal classes in local universities resume as of October 5th, a good number of learning institutions have reopened their doors with final year students getting the first priority.
Kisii University has not only welcomed its final year students but also announced that first-year students should report back to school.
“Our new first years will report physically on October 13. For the first years that have not finished their registration, they will have an opportunity to complete in-person and then immediately engage in the blended (mix of physical and electronic) learning program,” reads an excerpt from a notice issued by the university.
Pwani University Vice-Chancellor Prof Mohamed Rajab has confirmed that over 400 students had already resumed in-person learning at the school on Monday.
The Technical University of Mombasa (TUM), through its vice-chancellor Prof Laila Abubakar revealed that it had already 1,500 final year students have reported back since Monday.
“We are bringing them in intervals of one month, after that we will bring third years, and then the rest will follow depending on the situation,” he detailed.
Other institutions that are reporting a high number of students who started a phased re-opening were Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Juja, Thika Technical Training Institute, Mount Kenya University, the Kenya Coast National Polytechnic, and the Shanzu Teachers Training College.
This is even as the schools adopt measures that will stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
In Kisii University, all students will be required to fill out a Covid-19 contact registry form that will capture vital data such as temperature, to be used in case any student test positive.