Makerere University calls off planned full re-opening

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Makerere University has called off plans to receive first-year students this weekend following a directive from President Yoweri Museveni that a review of full re-opening by all schools be reviewed after three months.

Professor Mary Okwakol of the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) confirmed the President’s directive in a letter dated January 27, 2021.

“The NHCE is in receipt of a communication from the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni informing us that based on advice from the Presidential Scientific Advisory Committee, the President has guided that all Higher Education Institutions should continue studying online using the ODeL system for at least another three months. This is so as to enable government to find a lasting solution,” she said.

Makerere University Vice-Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe soon after confirmed that the ‘Freshers Orientation’ week that was set to start on Saturday, January 30 to February 5, will go ahead, but online only.

The university recently released their new academic timetable that included a full re-opening for non-finalists, and return to normalcy. It included plans for their 71st graduation week, March 16th to March 19th.

After the online orientation programme, first-year students will undertake an Open Distance and e-Learning education model (ODeL/Blended Learning) from their homes.

Source: URN

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