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Kyambogo University rescinds plan to reopen for on-campus classes

Kyambogo University has rescinded its plans to resume on-campus studies for continuing students. The university had asked all continuing students to report for face to face lectures on February 1 for the 2020/2021 academic year.

The university resumed for semester two with the Open Distance and E-learning (ODel) on January 18 until January 30. The students were expected to report for face to face lectures starting February 1 to February 14 before sitting their final exams between February 15 to February 28.  

However, in his communication to students, the vice chancellor, Prof. Elli Katunguka Rwakishaya, says that as one of the higher education institutions, Kyambogo will adhere to the presidential directive of continuing with ODel as they wait for further guidance.

“The purpose of this letter, therefore, is to relay the position of the government on the re-opening of the universities and to encourage students and academic staff to continue utilizing online learning using the ODel system as we await government guidance,” the letter reads in part.  

"Kyambogo university will not open for continuing students on Monday 1st February as previously planned. This follows a government directive not to open but to continue engaging through ODel. However, we shall continue engaging Government to allow a phased reopening," said Katunguka in a tweet. 

President Museveni guided that all higher institutions of learning continue studying online using the ODel system for at least another three months to enable the government to find a lasting solution.

Higher institutions of learning adopted the system in 2020 when they partially reopened for final year students following schools' closure in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

On January 21, the executive director National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), Prof Mary Okwakol directed institutions not to reopen for non-finalists until a decision from the government on the matter is communicated.

On January 27, Okwakol wrote to the vice chancellors and principals noting that they had received communication from Janet Museveni, the Education and Sports minister, advising that they continue studies online without physical meeting as government establishes a solution to Covid-19.

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