The University of Nairobi yesterday issued a new statement calling off its intent to reopen campuses in September 2020 after three employees died of Covid-19.

The institution’s Vice Chancellor Stephen cancelled the initial intent saying he would not put the lives of students and staff at risk by proceeding with the plan.

He also noted that in November when the students would have been in school is also the time when the virus is expected to reach its climax in the country.

Prof-Stephen-Kiama
The University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor, Professor Stephen Kiama. Photo Courtesy

Issuing the statement on Wednesday, July 15, Kiama said:

“We have issued our advisory that September 2020 reopening will be impossible as we expect cases to peak in November. We shall not take risks,” he stated.

Condoling with the bereaved families of his staff members, he said it was unfortunate that the three lost their lives to the pandemic.

However, the institution on July 10 announced that its 2020 graduation plans will go on as planned despite the pandemic.

On the other news, Chuka University has been cleared for reopening in August.

The order was issued by Education Principal Secretary Ambassador Simon Nabukwesi on Wednesday, July 15.

According to Nabukwesi, postgraduate students at Chuka should resume at the end of July until end of August.

Chuka
Chuka

During this time, they will prepare and sit for their exams after which they will pave way for the other students to resume in September.

The message also applies to all other institutions of higher learning that will have met all the regulatory measures against the virus.

Nabukwesi further urged university administrators to supply face masks, sanitizers, soap and clean tap water for hand washing exercises.

He was keen to remind everyone at the institutions to maintain social distancing.

According to Nabukwesi, officers from the Ministry of Education will make impromptu inspections during class sessions  from time to time to ensure that all the guidelines are followed.

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