Following the announcement by President Akufo-Addo that educational institutions in the country will begin to reopen from June 15 for final year students to prepare and write their exit examinations, management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has scheduled to meet to strategize on how to safely reopen the school in the midst of Covid-19.
This was disclosed by News Editor at KNUST-based Focus FM, John Essien.
Speaking on Campus Exclusive, he indicated that the KNUST management was yet to communicate to students on the way forward following President Akufo-Addo’s announcement.
“Generally over here, since the announcement of the partial reopening of schools, essentially there hasn’t been any official communication from management but the information I have gathered so far ,my interactions with some key personalities is that management is now considering holding a meeting to finally come up with how to go about welcoming students,” John Essien said.
KNUST, like other tertiary institutions migrated academic activities online after the government directed the closure of all schools as part of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
This led to a change in the academic timetable of institutions who moved to undertake teaching and learning activities online.
Asked how final year students were getting along, especially with their project works, John Essien indicated that “most of the departments were given up to the end of last month to have completed articles of their project work and exceptions were given to students whose project works demanded or required practical things. As it stands now, I am told the end of June is the entire deadline for all project works of the institution to be submitted by all final years”
Meanwhile, some educational institutions have decided to continue with online academic activities for the rest of the semester.
One of such is the University of Ghana.
In a statement released on Wednesday, June 3, they indicated that they were going to proceed with their end of semester examinations online.
‘The University’s ongoing Online Teaching and Learning Programme for the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic year will progress as planned. Therefore, examinations for all students, including final year students, scheduled to commence from June 8, 2020 to July 3, 2020 will proceed as originally planned’ – parts of the statement read.
The statement also said that provisions were being made to receive registered final year students who wished to use on-campus resources.
‘Arrangements are being made to receive registered final year students who may wish to relocate to the campuses of the University to make use of on-campus resources from June 15, 2020 till July 3, 2020, which is the end of the examination period’ – it added.
Story by: Diana Nutsugah | universnewsroom.com