The University of Nairobi has lost two members of staff to Covid-19.
Vice Chancellor Prof Stephen Kiama announced of their demise on the evening of Friday July 10, during a briefing was streamed live across the university’s social media platforms.
Kiama stated that the data on Covid-19 is not mere statistics but that involving real people with the deaths of the staff being recorded over the last three weeks.
“The University of Nairobi has also not been spared by this enemy the Covid 19. In the last three weeks we have lost two members of staff. …I wish to appeal to all staff and students to continue adhering to the guidelines issued by the government from time to time”, Prof. Kiama stated.
During the address Prof. Kiama also stated that there were plans to re-open in phases in line with the directive by Education CS George Magoha, of the resumption of learning in tertiary institutions by September 2020
“In line with the government directives, I have instructed the Deans and Directors working closely with the respective Principals to prepare to open in a phased manner”, Kiama stated.
Prof Kiama said a lot has been put in place by the institution of learning to continue uninterrupted.
He said the students have been provided with e-learning materials such as bundles.
“This intervention brought life back to the university, as faculty and students began to engage. As we were gaining momentum, the challenge of cost of data emerged and threatened to roll back our gains,” he said, adding that no student who was scheduled to graduate this year should fail to do so because of Covid-19.
“In addition, no student scheduled to graduate this year should fail to do so because of Covid-19”, Kiama noted.
On Tuesday July 7, the Ministry of Education issued a directive on the reopening of learning institutions in the country.
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