Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology was today a buzz of activities as postgraduate and first-year students who were admitted during the September 2019 and September 2020 were recalled for face to face learning.
The students, some accompanied by their parents started streaming into the University from as early as 6.00 am. Traffic snarl up extended to Juja town as anxious parents and students made their way to the University.
Braving the cold wet weather as they made their way through the University gate, the determined students, some carrying their suitcases, other personal effects, and complying with the Ministry of Health protocol said they were excited that they were physically joining their University of choice.
While interacting with some of the students, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi pressed on them to follow the Ministry of Health protocols with regards to COVID-19, saying the pandemic represents a massive global health crisis and requires large-scale behaviour change to help align human behaviour with the recommendations of public health experts.
“I urge you to always wear your mask, maintain social distance and make use of the hand washing stations in the University to wash your hands as recommended by the Government. It is a high time we help each other fight the pandemic,” said Prof. Ngumi while addressing some of the students and parents.
Despite the gloom caused by the pandemic, the Vice Chancellor applauded the first years for their choice to study in JKUAT as their preferred institution assuring them they had indeed chosen the right institution.
Kevin Mwaura, a First-Year BSc Agriculture and Biosystems degree student said it was refreshing to join JKUAT, a University he had for long admired. “It is indeed a great honour for me that my dream University has finally admitted me”, he said.
Most parents too were upbeat that their children would, at last, have a one on one with their lecturers. Stephen Kamau, Mwaura’s father said he was grateful that his son secured a place at JKUAT. He however advised the University management to continue enforcing the ministry of health Covid-19 protocols.
Sophia Mutheu and Judy Mutanu from Machakos who brought their young brother, Denis Mwaka to study BSc Animal Health said they were now excited that their family has an association with JKUAT, the best University in the country. The two said recalling students was necessary as online teaching posed some challenges given that there wasn’t the much needed person-to-person contact.