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NUST suspends all face-to-face classes following rise in COVID-19 cases

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Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), has suspended all face-to-face classes with immediate effect, until further notice.In a statement issued on Wednesday, the university announced that …

Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), has suspended all face-to-face classes with immediate effect, until further notice.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the university announced that they recently revisited the blended teaching and learning approach, which the university adopted earlier this year and has resolved to move all classes to online.

“It must be noted that the bulk of teaching activities for the first semester have already been concluded, therefore, a minimal interruption to the university’s operations is anticipated. In cases where face-to-face teaching and or practical lab sessions are still required to successfully conclude the current semester, permission needs to be granted from Management,” the statement reads.

The statement also said the continuous face-to-face test and assessment schedules for the rest of the first semester will however remain as is and should be adhered to accordingly.

This is to ensure that students’ identities can be verified and avoid academic misconduct and further ensure compliance with the regulatory bodies that accredit the University’s qualifications.

It further said all students who test positive for COVID-19, are entitled to request to write special assessments which must be sought from their respective lecturer and heads of department.

“Virtual meetings are encouraged, where possible. If not, contact meetings, of 50 or fewer attendees, will be allowed, where necessary, following the appropriate social distancing, sanitizing, and correct wearing of masks,” it said.

Meanwhile, Higher Education, Training, and Innovation Minister, Itah Kandjii- Murangi while responding to questions in parliament on Wednesday said the ministry is in consultation with higher learning institutions for further COVID-19 measures.

On whether institutions must migrate to online examination, to mitigate the spread of the virus, Kandjii- Murangi said while most institutions have migrated on online learning for most of the learning and have been conducting test and assignment online, there is still a need for face-to-face examination where possible so as to not compromise on quality education.

She said there is a need to strike a balance between not compromising the safety of students and while also ensuring quality education.

Source: Namibia Press Agency