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Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology (RVIST) has put in place Covid-19 safety measures as it prepares for reopening.

The measures include expanding learning, dining and dormitory facilities to ensure social distancing and a reorganized timetable.

RVIST Principal Daniel Mutai said the institution has established Covid-19 surveillance and emergency response teams that will liaise with the Rongai sub-county response committee in prevention efforts.

He said the institution had embraced a phased readmission of students, with the first batch of 800 reporting on October 12th and second lot of 4,000 reopening on October 26th.

He added that workers and visitors must have their temperatures taken, don masks and be sanitized before being allowed into the institution.

“The 800 who had completed their practical papers will now sit for their theory examination which will run up to 26th of October.

The second group of 4,000 had completed their curriculum and was to sit for their examinations in July. In this lot only those who had registered for examinations will be allowed into the institution” Mr Mutai explained.

The institution has installed hand washing centers, hand sanitizer dispensers and automatic thermo guns at hostels, administration blocks, lecture halls and other areas.

Mutai said social distancing would be enforced when students arrive.

The principal stated the institute was banking on its virtual platform to promote learning for its first year learners who had already undergone online orientation.

He revealed that the first year will report in February next year.

He said a team of health experts had trained teachers on Covid-19 containment measures and counseling ahead of the reopening.

He, however, said preventing the spread of the pandemic would not be easy.


“Our students are many. We have enough space for them here. We have done our party, the levels to which they observe Covid-19 prevention protocols will greatly matter” he warned

Bryson Kabachia, pursuing a diploma in Building and Construction at the institution noted that some of the students were day scholars while others had rented premises outside the hostels.

He appealed to all the students to observe Covid-19 prevention protocols

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