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Universities and colleges have been cleared to recall students for on-campus learning as the government also considers reopening schools this year. 

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha on Monday signalled that the initial proposal to reopen schools in January will be shelved as he gave the Covid-19 Education Emergency Response Committee 10 days to propose an earlier date, citing progress in the fight against coronavirus.

Prof Magoha directed the committee to formulate a new proposal that will be presented to a national education conference scheduled for next week.

The CS who spoke after a crisis meeting at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), attributed the development to decreasing cases of Covid-19 that suggest the curve may be flattening.

“I called this meeting today to engage the taskforce and various education stakeholders on the process of drafting a new proposal to be presented before the larger national education stakeholder’s conference that will be held on September 25,” said Prof Magoha.

It also emerged that the CS had given universities and Technical and Vocational Institutions green light to recall students.

At the meeting that lasted over three hours, various proposals were presented, with suggestions that schools and universities should be reopened starting next month.

The committee chaired by KICD Chairperson Sarah Ruto was given one week to draw the protocols for safe reopening and advise the ministry on measures that need to be taken