UA-201076440-1 Kaduna university, ABU, others announce plans for resumption >> Trustsammy

The Kaduna State University (KASU) is to reopen on Jan. 25 for the 2019/2020 second semester school term , while Ahmadu Bello University, Federal College of Education, Zaria and Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic disclosed plans for resumptions.

KASU administrator , Prof. Muhammad Tanko, who was represented by the Deputy administrator (Administration), Prof. Yohanna Tella, made this known in Kaduna during a stakeholder’s meeting on the reopening of faculties .

The meeting was organised by the Kaduna State Ministry of Education and attended by heads of tertiary institutions within the state, school owners, parents and officialdom .

He said that the university proposed a six-week lecture if allowed to open on Jan. 25.

He added that virtual lectures for giant classes of quite 50 students would be conducted for college kids within the lower levels and physical lectures for little classes of fifty students for those in higher levels.

“We have also planned practical classes in batches of fewer than 25 students for smaller classes and 45 for larger classes. The examinations for 100 level and 200 level students are going to be computer-based,” he said.

The administrator said that the scholar Affairs Division Protocols Enforcement Task force would make sure the fumigation and general sanitation of the hostel’s environment.

He said that arrangements had been made for normal waste disposal, availability of disinfectants at toilet facilities, constant water system , availability of hand sanitiser and face masks.

“We also will train and sensitise our staff and students on COVID-19 safety awareness and therefore the need for social distancing. We equally planned to develop and implement hygiene protocols for food and repair vendors on campus and use more cleaners within the hostels for normal toilet cleaning,” Tanko added.
On clinical services, the administrator said that the university would offer adequate basic and essential medications, particularly isolation centre and screening services for suspected cases.

Prof. Muhammad Fatihu, Dean Student Affairs, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, said that the university would resume in phases to stop overcrowding within the campus.

Fatihu said that university, with quite 43,000 undergraduate and 11,000 postgraduate students couldn't afford to ask all the scholars to resume at an equivalent time without putting them in danger .

“We have decided to phase the resumption for the continuation of the primary Semester 2019/2020 school term by dividing the semesters into two.

“Half of the scholars will resume and conclude the semester before the second batch resume, while the primary batch are reception .

“This we believe will help curb the spread of the virus, while all COVID-19 protocols are going to be strictly adhered to. we'll consider teachers college hours when normalcy is restored,” he said.

Also, Dr Jibril Lawal, Registrar, Federal College of Education Zaria, said that the varsity would use radio to deliver lectures to its students as a part of strategies to decongest the school.

Lawal said that the physical lectures would be staggered, explaining that while some students would hear lectures via radio, others would be attending lectures in classes in controlled numbers.

“This are going to be rotated among the scholars from different levels until each level has four weeks of in depth lectures and continuous assessment.

“We will, thereafter, create a period for every level to write down the primary semester examination for the 2019/2020 school term . this is often what we'll still do until things improves,” he said.

Kaduna Polytechnic, Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, Zaria, College of Education Gidan Waya and other tertiary institutions within the state also considered resumption in phases.

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