The Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) has announced dates for training its newly registered students. Roughly 9,500 students have enrolled for this year intake. In a communication to students, College CEO Prof. Michael Kiptoo said virtual orientation will be conducted on September 15, 2020, ahead of the virtual training, which kicks off the following day (September 16, 2020).
“We are ready to welcome students for September 2020/2021 Academic Year intake,” he said. “I urge all students to secure a computer, laptop or tablet and internet connectivity in readiness for classes.”
Online registration is currently ongoing and all students should be registered on or by 15th September, 2020.
To ensure its learners, as well as faculty members, have access to the internet, the College has partnered with the Kenya Education Network (KENET) to provide discounted bundles.
The CEO said faculty members have been trained on content development as well as provision of learner’s support. Lecturers and students will continually be equipped with more skills and knowledge on the use of E-leaning tools and other online services. The orientation which will be streamed live via College’s social media outlets (Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KMTCofficial; You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDJ71TMZCKqH-k9ru2LNzLQ) will target Higher Diploma, Diploma and Certificate students.
The new cohort of students will join the more than 41,000 others who are currently undertaking various medical courses across the 71 Campuses. As part of its plans to make education accessible to its learners, the College has invested heavily in its ICT infrastructure including, fast, secure and reliable internet to support E-learning. This has seen its Campuses connected to fast, secure and reliable internet.
Noting that students are required to undertake internship at health facilities to sharpen their skills and meet training requirements, Prof. Kiptoo affirmed that plans for clinical placement for final year students are at an advanced stage, the College having kicked off mapping exercise to ensure all students are placed. To tame rising COVID-19 cases in the country, President Uhuru Kenyatta suspended learning in all educational institutions in the country.
The CEO noted that the College has adopted a new framework for students to undertake their practical lessons in health facilities next to their counties of residence. “Similarly, I want to urge the students to continue with their research. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, supervision will be done virtually,” he added. Prof. Kiptoo assured students that the College will hold this year’s graduation in December as planned and students will be regularly updated. In order to equip leaners with the technical skills in preparation for the job market, the College offers training by combining 70 per cent hands-on and 30 per cent classroom-type training.