Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha says Universities and colleges that are not COVID-19 compliant will remain closed until 2021.
CS Magoha and principal secretaries Simon Nabukwesi (University Education), and Dr Julius Jwan (Technical and Vocational Training) have been touring universities and technical institutions to assess their preparedness.
In statement on Thursday, CS Magoha said a survey of most institutions shows only few of them have put COVID-19 mitigation measures in place. This comes just days after President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Education Ministry to hold talks with stakeholders in discussing how schools will be re-opened.
President Kenyatta was speaking from the State House during an address to the nation on matters related to the novel corona-virus.
The meeting will be expected to arrive at the official re-opening dates for schools, universities and colleges. Primary schools and Secondary schools are also expected to re-open in January with the national examinations scheduled for late 2020 being moved to November 2021.
In a raft of new requirements by the Ministry of Health, schools are required to have: adequate hand-washing points, automatic sanitiser dispensers, hand-held thermometers, isolation facilities , and facemasks. Additionally, the institutions will be required to frequently disinfect places of contact such as door-knobs, light switches and rails.
Schools will also be required to implement the requisite social distancing among students, members of the staff and visitors.