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MKU turns to online learning, televised lectures over coronavirus threat

Mount Kenya University (MKU) has now turned to online teaching to ensure that students complete their studies as scheduled after suspending face-face lectures following reported cases of coronavirus in the country.

Acting Vice-chancellor Prof Peter Wanderi said the University had extended the online learning platform to the regular students who include day, evening and weekend scholars to facilitate the learning process.

“Online learning will be supplemented through televised lectures in collaboration with TV 47,” said Prof Wandera.

He added that  through the Memorandum of Understanding between Mount Kenya University and Telkom Kenya, students will further be supported to access online learning resources.

Prof Wanderi added that students who are pursuing their theses and projects will continue uninterrupted with the support of their supervisors.

On Sunday, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed learning institutions to suspend face-to-face learning after three cases of the coronavirus were reported in the country.

“Open, Distance and Electronic Learning (ODEL) and Distance, Institution-Based and Electronic Learning (DIBEL) students will continue with their learning uninterrupted,” said Prof Wanderi.

He urged all university stakeholders to adhere to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education guidelines on preventive and containment measures of the coronavirus.