NAIROBI, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Kenya on Tuesday ordered for a phased resumption of learning in universities and all tertiary institutions with effect from Oct. 5.
Education cabinet secretary George Magoha said the final year students in all universities and tertiary institutions will be expected to report back to class next week in progressive reopening.
"All learning institutions will be required to mandatorily enforce strict adherence to COVID-19 health and safety protocols that include monitoring of body temperatures for all learners and everyone accessing the institutions, observance of high level of hygiene, hand washing, social distancing and use of face masks," Magoha said in a statement.
He said the boards of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutions, Teacher Training Colleges and University Councils will thereafter announce the resumption date of in-person learning for other classes with priority to students taking practical and science-based courses.
Magoha said all institutions will have to be linked to a medical facility before the re-opening with the ministry of health threatening punitive actions to institutions that will be found flouting laid out guidelines.
The phased reopening of higher learning institutions comes amid the decline in the number of COVID-19 infections in the country.
The east African nation has so far confirmed 38,378 COVID-19 cases, 24,740 recoveries and 707 deaths as of Tuesday.
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