High hopes as more than 8, 000 KMTC Students resume learning
Optimism and excitements. These two words summed up the mood of students as the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) Final Qualifying Examination Students resumed learning on January 11, 2021 after almost ten months of exclusive online sessions, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
College CEO Prof. Michael Kiptoo confirmed that more than 8,000 students reported on Campus.
“We have received the first group of Final Qualifying Examination Candidates to continue with their course work ahead of graduation in April. Another group reported to their practical training sites,” he said.
“The rest of the students (more than 30, 000) will join us next week. Similarly, we have released examination timetables. It is going to be a crash program this year and students should brace themselves for it,” he added.
Like many other learning institutions, physical classes were suspended in March 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country.
Prof. Kiptoo emphasized that the College is putting the safety of learners, lecturers and staff first.
All students wore face masks, observed social distancing and adhered to the Ministry of Health and College guidelines, aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19.
“The College looks different from how it used to be. Everything has changed…no hugs, no hand greetings. But it is the new normal we will have to live with. We were eager to get back to College,” said a student.
Prior to reopening, the College undertook a sensitization on Covid-19 infection, prevention and control, psychosocial support, and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).
Prof. Kiptoo noted that the College has partnered with various stakeholders to provide more accommodation facilities and learning spaces for the students.
“Some classes will have fewer and fewer students; others will be moved to other areas. We are simply becoming innovative in light of coronavirus which has presented us with challenges,” he said.
“Because of social distancing protocols, we are encouraging students to take advantage of this collaboration to secure accommodation outside the College,” he added.
The Government began gradual reopening of schools in October 2020, with learners in Grade 4, Standard 8, and Form 4 reporting back to class.
President Uhuru Kenyatta during the 57th Jamhuri Day celebrations on December 12, 2020, however, directed that all schools reopen in January 2021.
KMTC plays a key role towards enhancing the country’s healthcare service delivery and making Universal Health Coverage a reality by producing competent workforce for the health sector.
The College offers training by combining 70 percent hands-on and 30 percent classroom-type training in its 71 Campuses spread across the country.