BUSY SEMESTER AS PHASED REOPENING PEAKS

12 February 2021, 12:46 pm Written by 
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Principal Prof Ogodo M.J Nandi addressing Second and Third-Year Students during the Post-covid Orientation Principal Prof Ogodo M.J Nandi addressing Second and Third-Year Students during the Post-covid Orientation

Second and Third-year students have reported back on campus for continuation of face-to-face learning following the phased reopening plans.

The over 1100 students join an equal number of First-year peers who have been on campus since November last year, bringing the varsity back to full activity, albeit in strict compliance with Covid-19 containment regulations.

They streamed in on Wednesday February 10 and Thursday February 11, 2021 with classes scheduled to begin on Monday February 15.

The learners had been away for nearly a year occasioned by effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Friday the University College organized a re-entry orientation for the students geared at counselling them following the long lull, as well as to appraise them on Covid-19 safety measures, learning continuation and co-curricular activities.

Having been engaged online while at home, the current semester will only be 12 weeks long and will be packed with activities including Kenya University Sports Association (KUSA) games and elections of the students governing representatives.

In his address to the learners Principal Prof Ogodo M.J Nandi challenged the students to quickly settle down to the core business of learning and make good use of resources availed to them while they also healthily pursued interests in the rich campus life, which includes games and sports, student politics, clubs and societies, and extravaganzas.

He further urged them to “observe University Covid-19 containment measures so as to provide a safe environment for our community of staff, faculty and neighbouring community” where many of the students reside off-campus.

He warned against radical student electioneering as one of the vices that could interrupt learning for implicated students or worse still, steer them off-course in the quest for employable skills and knowledge.

KAFUCO Students Organisation elections have been set to take place within the first two weeks of the semester.

The return of the two student lots finds KAFUCO prepared to host increased numbers. This follows the partial handover of a tuition complex that has been under construction. The first phase of the project is complete and will accommodate the students, helping eliminate lecture hall congestion and propelling the University towards meeting requirements for full university charter.

Meanwhile the past week also saw Nursing Council of Kenya, led by CEO Edna Tallam, visit the University to inspect the proposed School of Nursing and were pleased with preparations to launch Bachelor of Science Nursing programme.

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