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MKU recalls final year science-based students for physical learning

Mount Kenya University (MKU) has recalled all its final year School of Medicine students and ordered them to report to their campuses beginning this morning.

University's Registrar, Academic Administration Dr Ronald G. Maathai  says this follows the authorisation of face-to-face learning for final year Clinical Medicine Students by the  Clinical Officers Council.

"In view of the foregoing, the reporting dates Bachelor of Science in Clinical Medicine and Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Surgery Final Year Students  will be from the 28th of September, 2020 to the 2nd of October, 2020 for  phase one face-to-face teaching, which will resume on Monday, the 5th October, 2020," he said in s statement.

Also recalled are Bachelor of Pharmacy and Diploma in Pharmaceutical Technology Final Year Students on similar dates after the Pharmacy and Poisons Board authorized classroom learning for final year Pharmacy Students as opposed to online learning.

All universities were been advised to recall all final year students who are unable to sit final examinations online.“These are students pursuing science-based courses and who are about to graduate and may not do practicals,” said Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha.

Final year medical and dental students have already reported to universities for face-to-face learning ahead of their national examinations.“For the rest of tertiary colleges, we are waiting for the larger stakeholders to concur with us. We want Teachers Training Colleges to open soon,” said Prof Magoha.

For primary and secondary schools, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) directed all teachers to report to school today, with firm instruction to prepare for the opening.“We have deliberated this as a committee and agreed that teachers report to schools by September 28 for the eventual opening of schools,” said Nancy Macharia, TSC chief executive officer.

Dr Loice Ombajo, head of Infectious Disease Unit at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) and a member of the education stakeholders, said last week coronavirus cases had hit below five per cent infection rate for the past one week.

“Covid-19 cases have gone down. Positivity rate is going down and community infections have gone down. So it is safe to open other spaces. But we all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and others,” said Dr Ombajo.

On Thursday sept 24, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said Health and Education ministries are working together to ensure strict protocols are observed before re-opening of schools. During a briefing on Covid-19 status, Kagwe said the first phase of the re-opening will give learners time to acclimatise with the health protocols in schools before learning starts officially.

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