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Bomet College fails to meet covid-19 preparedness

Bomet Teachers’ Training College is not ready to receive students as it has not met some covid-19 protocols set by the Government.

Speaking during a visit at Bomet University Monday Dr. Belio Kipsang said the Teachers’college was not prepared to host final year students sitting their examinations as it lacked hand washing points among other safety measures meant to curb the spread of covid-19.

Dr. Kipsang said the college was in a sorry state adding the environment was not safe for students. He asked the County Commissioner Susan Waweru to spearhead inspection of the institution and ensure all precautionary measures against the virus have been put in place before learning programs resume.

However, the University was cleared for opening after the Principal prof. Ann Nangulu explained to the PS of their preparedness in guaranteeing the safety of the students once they report back later next week.

Prof. Nangulu said the institution produced its own reusable masks and that it had installed enough hand washing points while social distancing had been guaranteed by marking specific points where students will be allowed to sit.

The PS, who was touring the County also noted that other learning institutions were fairly prepared in ensuring students safety, stressing the government priority was the safety of all learners, teachers and non-teaching staff.

“No matter how much The Government of Kenya strives to ensure compliance with the Covid-19 protocols, the buck stops at the individual’s level. Individuals must ensure they observe MOH protocols to the letter to avoid catching the virus. We only make sure that the institutions comply with the set standards but it is up to an individual to decide whether he or she stays safe,” he emphasized.

Dr. Kipsang further directed the County Commissioner, who chairs the County Covid-19 response committee, to continue the inspection of learning institutions and give a go ahead to individual institutions that are well prepared to resume operations.

By Kipngeno Korir

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