College holds 2nd virtual Academic Council meeting, increases training opportunities in Campuses
The Kenya Medical Training College Academic Council has allowed 22 KMTC Campuses to increase programmes offered to meet the growing demand of health training opportunities.
The approval was granted during the College’s Academic Council meeting held virtually on 23rd to 25th September, 2020, subject to ratification by the Board of Directors.
The move is aimed at contributing to the human resources for health in the country, a key milestone in attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Sustainable Development Goal 3.
This is the second virtual Council meeting since COVID-19 outbreak, the first one having been held in May 2020.
Members of the Council, chaired by the Chief Executive Officer Prof. Michael Kiptoo, shared College accomplishments since rolling out E-Learning.
The College has transitioned to digital platforms to deliver its training to roughly 9,000 students who have enrolled for the September 2020/2021 Academic year’s intake.
The College recently conducted a virtual orientation for new students, who have since joined 41,000 others attending online classes.
While delivering his address, Prof. Kiptoo noted that the College has heavily invested in ICT infrastructure and capacity building to ensure smooth running of virtual programs.
“The COVID-19 outbreak has presented us with a new opportunity to scale up E-Learning. Going forward, the College will meld face-to-face with E-Learning to enhance teaching and learning,” he said.
The Government has issued COVID-19 guidelines for phased physical re-opening of learning institutions.
Prof. Kiptoo affirmed that the College is ready to receive students back.
“Fumigation is done on a regular basis and we have put up hand washing facilities as well as rolled out renovations as measures to mitigate against the spread of the Coronavirus disease,” said Prof. Kiptoo.
“Consultations on re-opening are at an advanced stage and communication will be made in due course. In the meantime, the College has put in place necessary measures to adhere to Government protocols and set guidelines to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19” he added.
The CEO confirmed that the College will conduct its annual graduation in December 2020 as scheduled.
Prof. Kiptoo commended the College’s active role in the fight against COVID-19, noting that the institution has conducted health education on prevention of the disease, donated hand washing facilities and provided mental health as well as psychosocial support to affected persons.
Health Cabinet Secretary Hon. Mutahi Kagwe in recent past lauded the KMTC Board for supporting the Government’s efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
The CEO called upon the Council members to embrace financial prudence, adhere to quality management system procedures and continue pursuing collaborations in support of teaching and learning. He added that the College has equipped Campuses with vehicles to ease transport of students and faculty to clinical placement sites and will continue to strengthen the College’s human resource capacity to support the growing number of students.
Deputy Director Finance, Administration and Planning Dr. Kelly Oluoch said the College has continued to roll out efficiency driven systems to enhance service delivery. Corporation Secretary Dr. Miriam Muthoka called upon faculty and staff to continue on the path of the College’s transformational expansion agenda guided by existing tools of governance to achieve academic excellence. On the other hand, Academic Registrar Dr. Lucy Waweru who represented the Deputy Director Academics said the College will continue to provide a conducive environment for teaching and learning.
The Academic Council meeting, held on a quarterly basis brings together the College’s Executive Management, Senior Managers, Heads of Departments and Campus Principals. The Council discussed academic progress and proposed ways for continual improvement of the quality of training in support of the College’s Vision of “being a model institution in the training and development of competent health professionals”.