UNIMA suspends face to face teaching

Following the surge in confirmed positive cases of Covid-19 in the country, The University of Malawi (Unima) has suspended face to face teaching for a week at the institution

In a communique from the University’s Registrar Office to Students and Staff which Nthanda Times has seen, the decision to suspend the face-to-face teaching as an emergency response to Covid-19 status at the campus.

Through the communique, Unima’s Registrar Mary Wasiri said the University has set aside one drilling week as classes resume on 5th July 2021 following a mid-semester holiday.

“The University re-opens on Monday, 5th July 2021 after the mid-semester break as previously planned. However, management has set aside one week (5th July 2021 to Friday, 9th July 2021) as an emergency drill week on campus to actualize measures to enable the institution to continue with university business throughout. Staff and students are expected to check their emails regularly for support and further information during the drill week,” said Wasiri.

Wasiri: We have set an emergency drill week

Wasiri further said planning and testing of the implementation of various configurations of teaching and learning strategies with an emphasis on the use of e-learning platforms to ensure decongested environment at all times.

“Consequently, the following academic activities that were scheduled for this week should be postponed: Face to face teaching, examinations, and any type of academic assessment that requires face-to-face interaction including submission of assignments, and laboratory sessions (staff will need to work,” said Wasiri.

Wasiri also said there will be a disinfection exercise on the campus and in private hostels in Chikanda and other locations where students depend on need and collaborate with landlords.

Meanwhile, the ICT Directorate will be monitoring the online platforms to assist staff and students who may experience any challenges during the drill week.  All lessons offered during the drill week and thereafter will be recorded so that students can access them even outside the timetabled class time. 

The University Clinic will continue monitoring the situation during the drill week and provide updates daily on the situation of Covid-19 in the University.