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JUST IN: UI ERTC frowns at noncompliance with COVID-19 protocols, proposes hybrid lecture mode for 2nd semester

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The Emergency Remote Teaching Committee(ERTC) of the University of Ibadan has proposed a blended mode of physical and virtual classes for the second semester of 2020/2021 UI academic session.

This is coming after an upsurge in the COVID-19 infection and deaths in the university environment.

In a statement signed by the school registrar, Olubunmi O. Faluyi, MCIPM, the ERTC said that adopting a blended approach to teaching is one of the steps to take to ensure the safety of all staff and students given the increasing rate of infections being experienced on campus.

“The review of the mode of teaching and learning in the second semester and, as a consequence, provide a safe way to undertake pedagogical activities on Nigerian university campuses;

“The ERTC platforms and tools (LMS, zoom, youtube, gsuite accounts, telegram fora, solution clinics) should be maintained for use by students and staff in all cases.”

The committee also frowned at the nonchalant attitude of the UI community towards the COVID-19 protocols. It noted that if the situation worsens, full online classes should be mounted on all courses.

“Management should note the poor compliance with COVID-19 protocols by the entire University community and should ensure strict compliance through the University’s Covid- 19 Committee;

If the situation worsens on campus, full online engagement should be mounted for all courses as was done in the first semester, exempting only departments and units with special needs with the condition that evident strict compliance with the protocols will be observed.”

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