The Senate of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has resolved to close the University indefinitely.
The decision by the University Senate was arrived at during its special meeting held, Monday, March 16, 2020, and it follows the President’s directive on the suspension of learning in all educational institutions in Kenya due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 Virus, now commonly known as Coronavirus.
The suspension of teaching and learning takes effect from Wednesday, March 18, 2020 with all students expected to vacate the University by 10.00 am, while all the teaching and non-teaching staff are expected to leave the university on the same day at 5.pm.
The information was communicated vide an internal memo signed by the University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, that was circulated to JKUAT staff and students and copied to divisional, departmental and section heads through email and university notice boards.
According to the memo, “Members of staff offering essential services including those in the call centre , security , estates, catering, halls of residence, hospital, cattle herders and milkers will be required to report on duty.“
Through the memo, the Vice Chancellor further directed that “…all staff and students to take the necessary precautionary measures as guided by the Ministry of Health to keep safe.”
The JKUAT staff members are however expected to continue working from home as learning and teaching is expected to continue online until the Government reviews the Coronavirus situation in the country.