Chiemeka ADINDU, Calabar
Ahead of full academic activities which is scheduled for February 5, 2020, management of University of Calabar has introduced virtual learning, urging students to return with facilities that will enable them adapt to the new learning style.
In a release signed by the school registrar, Gabriel Egbe and cited by TNN, the decision was taken as part of the measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus that is ravaging the nation. It added that lectures will be staggered to allow for social distancing.
It reads: “This is to inform the general public, especially our dear students that the Senate of the University of Calabar has approved Friday 5th February, 2021 as resumption date of academic activities for the 2019/2020
“By this approval, all students are expected back on campus on 5th February, 2021, while lectures shall commence in all departments on Monday 8th February 2021.
“The University Management wishes to remind students that
1. Arrangements have been put in place fore virtual teaching and learning using online support teaching. Our ICT Unit has developed robust E learning platform to ensure seamless teaching, especially for large classes. Students are advised to come along with their laptops, IPAD, Android or smart phones to be able to effectively key into this new method.
“2. The time table Committee has been
directed to spread lectures schedule across the six days of the week. Consequently, years 1 and graduating class lectures holds from Monday through Wednesday while years 2 & 3 lectures will hold from Thursday through
Saturday. Students must observe social
distancing and avoid clustering anywhere outside or inside the classrooms.
“3. Conscious of the increasing spread of the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, Management has put in place mechanisms for the prevention, control and management of the dreaded disease. Students coming back to school must complement the efforts of Management by religiously adhering to all Covid19 precautionary guidelines as
approved by NCDC and the PTF, while on
“4. Please note that the University policy on ‘no squatting in the Hostel’ is still in force. Students residing in the hostels are please reminded to take note.
“5. There shall be mandatory temperature check at the entrance to the Hostels, classrooms, offices and other entry points. Students should willingly submit themselves for these checks. Hand washing materials will be strategically positioned for use by all.
The task force shall ensure that students
maintain social distancing and avoid body contacts at all times. Our Entrepreneurial centre have been mandated to mass-produce quality hand sanitizers for distribution to the public at highly subsidized rates. Students are at liberty to buy their own sanitizers and use them regularly.
“Please note also, that it is compulsory for all students, staff and visitors to the university to wear face masks while on campus. The taskforce shall enforce and ensure strict compliance to these guidelines.
“On behalf of the Vice chancellor, I welcome all our students back on campus while wishing all, a peaceful, safe and very rewarding academic session.”