Non finalists to continue studying online — NCHE

Professor Mary J. N. Okwakol, the Executive Director, National Council for Higher Education (PHOTO/Courtesy).

KAMPALA — Professor Mary Okwakol, Executive Director, National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has revealed that non finalists should continue studying using online means.

Prof Okwakol last week told higher institutions of learning not to open for non-finalists until a decision of government on the matter is communicated.

Now in a letter dated January 27,2020, Okwakol noted that, “The National Council for Higher Education is in receipt of a communication from the first lady and Minister of Education and Sports informing us that based on the advice from 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(3) months. This is so to enable government find a lasting solution.”

Okwakol further advised the Institutions to utilize the ODel System as it is the current position of government.

“All institutions that have not embraced the ODel System are encouraged to do so,” reads an excerpt.

Makerere University Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe in a social media post revealed that the institution shall open for finalists on February 6,2021 as it was planned.

“Gallant Makerereans! I salute you and congratulate you on keeping yourselves safe from COVID-19. Please observe all the SOPs and remain alive, Uganda needs you alive. Following the Government directive, we’re making arrangements to receive finalists as planned on 6th Feb, 2021,” he said.

He added that the rest of the students will continue studying online inline with the NCHE guidelines.

“Freshers will register and receive non-residential orientation beginning Monday 1st February. Please stay tuned for further instructions,” Nawangwe noted.

Although the pandemic has disrupted education around the world, the crisis is more acute in Africa, where up to 80% of students don’t have access to the internet and distance learning is out of reach for many.

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