University of PortHarcourt to adopt virtual learning for students

By Ifunanya Obeme-Ndukwe

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As tertiary institutions across the country resumes academic session, the University of Port Harcourt will be adopting the virtual learning.

Acting Vice Chancellor of the University, professor Stephen Okodudu disclosed this during a briefing with the media in Port Harcourt, adding that courses like general studies and faculty courses will be taught virtually.

“We have started training our lecturers on the use of Google Meet as an alternative platform for teaching our students to avoid overcrowding. We have held discussions and actions are underway with the World Bank Centre Of Excellence to avail the University, the use of the IT facilities available to enable lecturers teaching general courses and large faculty courses to reach their students virtually.
“As much as possible, students who either live or have relations, in and around Port Harcourt have been advised to operate from home,” he said.

Professor Okodudu in his briefing placed a ban on hostel squatting and selling of bed spaces, just as he said commercial vehicles in the school will be banned if found guilty of flouting preventive measures of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Acting Dean, Student’ Affairs have been mandated to ensure that only those students who paid for hostel accommodation will be allowed into the hostels. What this means is that those who bought bed spaces and as such, not the original owners of such spaces, will not be allowed into the hotels.”
“The reason for this is to enable us engage in contact tracing in the event of a Coronavirus infection,” he added.

The school have also provided washing hand basins, hand sanitizers,infrared thermometer, testing and isolation centers for the institution.

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