Govt suspends tertiary face-to-face lectures

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THE government has suspended face-to-face lectures across all tertiary institutions owing to the soaring cases of the lethal coronavirus (Covid-19).

This comes as the country’s Covid-19 cases have surpassed 1 700 with 26 deaths and 472 recoveries from these.
It also comes as the government recently deferred reopening of schools that had been scheduled for July 28 on the backdrop of the spike in positive Covid-19 cases.

“It is now observed that Covid-19 cases are escalating daily and this may put the lives of students and members of staff in our institutions at high risk. In view of the foregoing, the ministry is hereby directing that all tertiary education institutions, with immediate effect, suspend face-to-face lectures on campus and continue with e-learning. In this regard, all students should vacate halls of residence by Friday, July 24, 2020.

“The ministry is working flat out to ensure all institutions are adequately resourced with the necessary infrastructure to facilitate e-learning,” Higher and Tertiary Education permanent secretary Fanuel Tagwira said.

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