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Rwandan University To Reopen For All Students As COVID-19 Cases Drop Nationwide

Students take a break at the University of Rwanda in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda, on Oct. 28, 2020. The Rwandan Ministry of Education has approved 17 higher learning institutions to reopen from Oct. 12, among which some were allowed to reopen fully for all students while others were only allowed to reopen for final years students. Secondary schools and primary schools in Rwanda will remain closed until November at the earliest. (Photo by Cyril Ndegeya/Xinhua)

 

The University of Rwanda has announced that all students will return to classes on November 30th after more than eight months of digital learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The returning students will join their third, fourth, and fifth-year counterparts who resumed in-person class sessions in October.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, schools in Rwanda adopted a new normal as part of the measures to further strengthen the fight against the viral virus

According to Ignatius Kabagambe, head of corporate communications at the university, there will be flexibility in the accommodation of the students.

Kabagambe pointed out that if the number of returning students exceeds the institution’s hostels, then students will be allowed to use hostels outside of the University.

“The flexibility is there. If the capacity of the hostels in the institution is exceeded, of course, students will be allowed to live outside”.

The decision is contrary to an earlier plan of requesting all the students to live on campus.

The University has also adopted a blended learning model that will allow students to either learn digitally through in-person class sessions.

Final year students at the University of Rwanda were initially supposed to graduate this year. But taking into the COVID-19 pandemic that disrupted education across the country, it has emerged that students are likely to wait for next year.

Meanwhile out of 1,917 COVID-19 tests conducted on Thursday, November 12, seven people tested positive for the virus in Rwanda

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