Kyambogo University Vice Chancellor, Prof Eli Katunguka has urged parents and guardians of Kyambogo students to purchase laptops and tablets to aid the students during online lectures. He advised after he revealed that National Council of Higher Education (NHCE) finally approved Kyambogo to conduct Open Distance and e-Learning (ODeL).
Addressing a press conference at the university yesterday, Prof Katunguka said they plan to reopen for continuing students on February 1.
He said the students will study for two weeks before sitting end of semester exams.
According to Prof Katunguka, students will first be taught online for two weeks starting January 18 before physically reporting at campus on February 1.
“Students will be subjected to final exams from February 15 to 21. I ask all students who had not completed the tuition fees for this semester to do so because those with tuition balance will not be allowed to sit for the exams,” he said.
He also revealed that first year students who were currently admitted will report for the 2020/2021 academic year on March 1.
Prof Katunguka, however, said their roadmap will depend on government’s decision to reopen all institutions of learning for other learners rather than finalists.
“If the government reopens institutions of learning for continuing students, we shall go by the outlined roadmap. If they don’t, we shall continue with the online teaching. I am sure the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health will have made a decision on reopening of schools by February 1,” he said.
The State minister for Higher Education, Mr John Chrysostom Muyingo, during the education sector review recently, said the decision to reopen education institutions for other classes will be determined after the ministry’s team, which is conducting inspection of schools, by end of this month.
The teams are slated to hand over the national inspection report to the Ministry of Education on December 29.