No call-backs for Hage Geingob Unam campus

04 August 2020 | Education

Elizabeth Joseph



Students will not return to university anytime soon, Unam vice-chancellor Kenneth Matengu announced last week.

The minister of higher education, technology and innovation, Dr Itah Kandjii Murangi, has visited universities to establish whether they are ready to resume face-to-face lectures by mid-September.

The ministry established that students cannot go back to campus. Hostel accommodation will also be put on hold, except for the students who are there already, according to Unam management.

“Students will have to continue making use of the online structures which have been put in place. We take our responsibility very seriously while supporting the ministry in all of their endeavours,” Professor Matengu said.

In his address to the nation last week, President Hage Geingob said that tertiary institutions whose ICT infrastructure is adequate will continue to teach remotely.

“Our higher education institutions were and are still perhaps not on the same footing when it comes to their ability to roll out e-learning education. Be that as it may, President Hage Geingob decided that the government must invest in our public universities’ ICT infrastructure, strengthening, expansion and development,” said Kandjii Murangi.

Computer equipment will be donated by the ministry to make sure that marginalised students have the opportunity to take part in online learning.

NSFAF has also been instructed to include such equipment in the loans granted to students.

“The general expectation is that there will be graduations from Unam. When, we cannot establish just yet but here has to be a progression of some sort,” Kandjii-Murangi said.

The ministry will set up a technical committee to make sure that the process will be progressive. In a few weeks’ time the teams will be established.

Although no students will return to campus for lectures, some students will be allowed access to facilities required by the nature of their study courses.

Caption 1:

The minister of higher education, technology and innovation, Dr Itah Kandjii Murangi, during her visit to the Unam Hage Geingob campus in the capital last week.

PHOTO ELIZABETH JOSEPH

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