Minister permits final-year medical students to take exams

Kenya’s Ministry of Education has allowed nine universities offering medical courses to recall their final-year students to undertake their mandatory clinical examinations but under strict guidelines, writes Ouma Wanzala for the Daily Nation.

Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha in a letter dated 31 August to vice-chancellors, granted them the authority but warned that failure to adhere to the relevant Ministry of Health guidelines and protocols on COVID-19 would result in immediate closure.

“In light of the COVID-19 situation, which has precipitated an urgent need to train and assess medical students to support the dearth in adequate healthcare personnel to fight the pandemic, consideration has been given to the request for face-to-face learning and assessment of medical students. This is further informed by a physical inspection of facilities to ascertain the level of preparedness for resumption of face-to-face learning,” reads the letter.
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