Some State Universities have reopened for face-to-face lectures and orientation for first-year students who will be on campus for a few weeks before they start virtual learning.
MSU director of information and public relations, Mirirai Mawere told The Herald that the university has put in place measures under WHO and Ministry of Health recommendations to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. She said:
I can confirm that we have opened the university starting with First Year, Level 1.1, who are going to be on our campuses for orientation and face-to-face lectures from September 7 up to September 19, 2020.
Lupane State University (LSU) will likewise allow first-year students to come to the campus for orientation for about three to four weeks before going back home for online learning. LSU director of marketing and communication Zwelithini Dlamini had this to say:
Around September 14, we are welcoming our first-year students on campus, he said. They will be there for between three to four weeks depending on the faculty because some faculties require practical lessons after which they will go back home and continue virtual learning since we will have taught them how it’s done.
Meanwhile, students at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in the Faculties of Commerce, Applied Sciences and Engineering have been on campus since Monday to complete final examinations.
NUST director of communication and marketing Thabani Mpofu said they plan to complete the 2019-2020 calendar before focusing on first-year students.