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Universities are turning to online teaching to ensure that students complete their studies as scheduled after face-to-face lessons were suspended following cases of coronavirus in the country.

The University of Nairobi has asked postgraduate students to continue engaging their supervisors. The institution suspended face-to-face teaching yesterday.

“We intend to review our work flow with a view to allowing staff in non-critical areas to undertake their duties from home,” said Vice-Chancellor Prof Stephen Kiama.

Moi University has also suspended classes over the coronavirus threat.

The VC, Prof Isaac Kosgey, said on Monday that all learning activities had been suspended with immediate effect.

“All our clients should know that the university has suspended all its services except for essential services like security, health and central services,” said Prof Kosgey in a memo to all the students and staff.

“The university senate will meet Tuesday at 8.30 am to give further directions on the situation,” he added, while directing staff and students to be extremely cautious and take measures spelt out in the regulations by the Ministry of Health.

Mount Kenya University acting VC, Prof Peter Wanderi, says the university has extended the online teaching platform to the regular students to facilitate the learning process.

“Online learning will be supplemented through televised lectures in collaboration with TV 47,” said Prof Wandera.

On Sunday, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed that learning institutions suspend face-to-face learning due to the coronavirus threat.

St Paul’s University will close on Friday for 30 days but subject to government advice.


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