Relief for Mombasa county after Magoha pushes university reopening to 2021

Technical University of Mombasa./COURTESY

The Mombasa county health department can now breathe a sigh of relief after the government pushed the reopening of universities to 2021.

Education Cabinet secretary George Magoha during stakeholders meeting in Nairobi on Thursday said, from a survey done of all Teacher Training Colleges, Universities and TVET institutions, few of them have put in place necessary measures to comply with the Ministry of health’s COVID-19 protocols that can guarantee the safety of staff and learners.

“All institutions will continue making arrangements for re-opening based on the provided guidelines and checklists. However, authorization to re-open for face to face teaching, learning, and research will be based on further guidance from the Ministry of Health based on the dynamics of preparedness,” Said Cs Magoha.

He however noted that Universities should continue offering virtual learning, examinations, and virtual graduations but in strict adherence observance to quality measures set by the Commission for University Education on the University Standards and health Guidelines.

This comes as a relief to the Mombasa county health department which has set up a 300-bed isolation center at the Technical University of Mombasa.

The department had last month announced that it was in the process of relocating the center to the Port Reitz hospital in Changamwe Sub-county.

According to the University vice-chancellor prof Leila Abubakar, the county was to hand over the isolation unit back to the university for fumigation.

This comes just as the case in the country skyrocket with the Health CS Mutahi Kagwe stating that most beds in Nairobi hospitals were full.