Varsities to reopen from June 1

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By Staff Reporter
Universities will be reopening from June 1, but only final year students will be on campus with the rest learning remotely using virtual and distance education and most activity online.

By last Thursday, all universities had submitted reopening plans with the new roadmap coming from a consolidation of their suggestions.

Minister of  Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development Professor Amon Murwira said universities would reopen under World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.

“We have agreed on a general date of June 1. This is when every university should start blended learning. In the first phase, only final year classes are expected to be receiving face-to-face learning, while others use online learning. We did this to allow social distancing on campus,” Prof Murwira said.

Other students are likely to go on campus only to write examinations.

“We have also agreed with institutions that examinations are going to be written between July and mid-August then the semester ends,” Prof Murwira said.

Large classes will have to be broken down into a group of smaller classes and universities have been asked to rework their timetables.

“We are not going to compromise on the safety of our students. Education is for the living, we gave a specific order to universities to ensure they put systems in place that will see a safe environment for students,” Prof Murwira said.

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