KMTC kicks off training for over 9000 new students
The Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) on Wednesday 16th September, officially launched its academic year 2020/2021.Roughly 9000 students have enrolled for this year’s intake.
During a virtual orientation for the new students held on September 15, 2020, the College CEO Prof. Michael Kiptoo welcomed the students to the College, while calling on them to take advantage of the training to improve country’s healthcare service delivery.
“COVID-19 outbreak has proven to us that we need highly skilled frontline healthcare workers to fight emerging diseases. As a College, we will continue to equip our students with latest skills to enable them deliver on their mandate,” he said.
“Human resources for health remains a key pillar in the realization of Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Development Goals for health.”
To ensure its leaners, as well as faculties, have access to the internet, the College has partnered with the Kenya Education Network (KENET) to provide discounted E-learning data bundles.
The orientation which was streamed live via College’s social media outlets targeted Higher Diploma, Diploma and Certificate students.
The new cohort of students joins the more than 41,000 others who are currently undertaking various medical courses across the 71 KMTC Campuses spread in 43 out of 47 counties in the country.
As part of its plans to make education accessible to its learners, the College has investing heavily in its ICT infrastructure including, fast, secure and reliable internet to support E-learning. Faculty members have been trained on content development and provision of learner’s support. Lecturers and students have been and will continually be equipped with more skills and knowledge on the use of E-Learning tools and other online services.
Prof. Kiptoo affirmed that plans for clinical placement for final year students are at an advanced stage, noting that the College has kicked off mapping exercise to ensure all are placed in various health facilities across the country to sharpen their skills and meet training requirements.
To tame rising COVID-19 cases in the country, President Uhuru Kenyatta suspended learning in all educational institutions in the country.
The CEO noted that the College has adopted a new framework for students to undertake their internship in health facilities next to their areas of residences.
“Similarly, I want to urge the students to continue with their research. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, supervision will be done virtually,” he added.
Prof. Kiptoo revealed that the College will hold this year’s graduation in December as planned.
The College offers training by combining 70 per cent hands-on and 30 per cent classroom-type training.