Reopening: Varsities halfway with Form VI mostly in place

02Jun 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Dodoma
The Guardian
Reopening: Varsities halfway with Form VI mostly in place
  • Number per class is half of original pattern

​​​​​​​UNIVERSITY students in Dodoma and Morogoro regions yesterday started to report to the colleges with key precautions against Covid-19 being intensively observed.

To curb the possibility of spreading the disease, all students were required to wear face masks and undergo body temperature screening.

A random survey by ‘The Guardian’ in various universities witnessed the majority of the students wearing face masks as well as disinfecting their hands using sanitizers or water and soap before entering college premises.

This reporter visited Dodoma Secondary School, St. John University of Tanzania (SJUT), the University of Dodoma (UDOM), Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Mzumbe University and the College of Business Education (CBE) Dodoma campus.

Some of the students commended the government for energetically battling the spread of Covid-19, enabling the colleges to reopen.

“I am satisfied with preparations and preventive measures taken by the university authorities. It is our hope that it will all be well as we continue observing protocols of hygiene,” said Juma Abubakari of St John University.

At Dodoma Secondary School, all 214 form six students had reported and commenced studies as they prepare for the National Examination starting end of this month.

The school second-mistress, Ester Simchimba said they have installed all the necessary equipment to ensure hygiene, to protect both students and teachers from contracting the deadly disease.

“We are also implementing the guidelines issued by the ministry, which instruct that students observe social distancing while in class. We have rearranged the classes where a single room accommodates just 38 students at present,” she elaborated.

Previously each class had 71 students, she specified.

UDOM Vice Chancellor, Prof Faustin Bee said that until yesterday morning a total of 12,533 students (42 percent) had reported and registered.

Addressing reporters, the VC said registration will continue until Friday June 5.

Dodoma MP and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour and Employment) Antony Mavunde donated Covid-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) in all private and public schools in the constituency.

The aim of the tools is to ensure that students study comfortably and stay safe throughout their stay in school, the legislator noted.

SUA Vice Chancellor Prof. Raphael Chibunda said the college has invested in the production of a variety foodstuffs with essential nutrients so as to ensure that students and the surrounding communities get nutritional food to boost their immunity.

"The nutritional food will be sold to the students at low prices. We do not expect to instruct our students to carry ginger, lemon or oranges in their bags; we produce them ourselves," he asserted.

At Mzumbe University, Rose Mdami, the acting head of the directorate of communication, said the university has taken a number of health measures to ensure that all students stay safe.

"We have deployed enough health experts at our health centre to educate students and guests on Covid-19 preventive measures. They will also be responsible for monitoring students’ health status,” the acting director underlined.

Some students at CBE in Dodoma said the area has been well re-designed by putting all necessary equipment including hand washing buckets.

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