In what is lauded by Education stakeholders as a step in the right direction, Education CS George Magoha has directed that final year medical students be allowed to go back to school to complete their studies and sit for their final tests.
The Cabinet Secretary however notes that colleges and the students must strictly observe the Ministry of Health guidelines on coronavirus, warning that those schools found to be flouting the protocols will be shut down with immediate effect.
The decision from the Education Ministry comes only days after the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council wrote to deans of schools of medicine and dentistry seeking the go head for final year learners to resume studies and take their final exams.
Through a letter to all college principals and vice chancellors, Magoha says his decision is informed by the need to have more qualified medical practitioners available for the fight against the covid-19 pandemic.
He further says that the ministry will undertake a thorough inspection of all college facilities to assess their preparedness prior to resumption of learning.
“Consideration has been given to the request for face-to-face learning and assessment of medical students. This is further informed by a physical inspection of facilities to ascertain the level of preparedness for the resumption of face-to-face learning,” said Mogaha in the letter to college heads.
Ministry of Education CS George Magoha has allowed final year medical students to sit for their exams. pic.twitter.com/P9nEqsTqJB
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The ministry also has directed that classes will hold a limited number of students as directed by the social distancing guidelines.
Regarding managing cases of suspected positive cases in school, Magoha says that medical students will be provided with Personal Protective Equipment as part of their training in handling covid-19.
“Universities must manage any suspected COVID-19 cases affecting their students in their isolation and quarantine facilities awaiting results. The decision of home-based care or hospital management must be in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines and protocols,” Magoha noted.
All schools in Kenya have been closed since the country was locked down by the president in March.
Yesterday Magoha told the National Covid-19 Virtual Conference that students will not sit for KCPE and KCSE examinations this year.
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