UEW outlines COVID-19 safety measures ahead of June 15 school reopening


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The Management of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) responding to President Akufo-Addo’s directive to reopen the University to final year students has outlined a number of safety measures to be observed by the students ahead of June 15 schools reopening.

According to the University, all final year students are to report on campus on June 15, 2020, as said by Akufo-Addo, advising all registered final year students with accommodation challenges to apply for on-campus accommodation through the respective Hall Managers.

The Managmenent has decided to supply Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) including face masks provided for by the Ministry of Education to all registered final year students upon arrival on the reopening date to ensure their safety.

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It said there will also be regular disinfection of lecture rooms surfaces, doors, walkways, and staircases at least three times a week, Thereafter, there will be enhanced cleaning services of all spaces, surfaces, and handles.

Also, hand sanitizers will be provided on all floors of lecture blocks and halls of residence. In addition, there will be repair and installation of adequate and appropriate hand washing basins in washrooms.

The University said Veronica buckets fitted with appropriate taps as a back-up plan to wash hand basins will be provided as appropriate.

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“The first week (16th June – 20th, 2020) will be devoted to mopping up of lectures, post-internship seminars and submission of project work by students who had issues with access to the Learning Management System (LMS).  The next two weeks (22nd June – 5th July 2020) will be for writing and submission of take-home papers”.

According to the University, there will face ace-to-face examinations; instead, students are to take advantage of the University’s improved ICT facilities to submit their take-home papers through our LMS Moodle. Also, there will be no mass gatherings, religious, cultural, or sporting activities for students on Campus.

Suspected cases will be isolated in designated spaces until test results are declared during their stay on campus.

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The Management advises students to be extra cautious when using shared items or facilities on Campus. All are urged to carry personal hand sanitizers. All students would be required to complete a COVID-19 assessment form online to assess the risk levels of each student.

It said Telephone numbers will be provided to enable students to call in case of any emergency or when COVID-19 is assumed.

It added that arrangements by the University towards Congregation in late August 2020. Details will be communicated soon.

The Management entreats students who are owing school fees are entreated to make arrangements to pay any outstanding school fees before the end of the semester.

“The conduct of end-of-semester examinations for Level 100-300 will proceed as scheduled and will commence from 15th June and end on 5th July 2020”.

“As already indicated in earlier releases, with the exception of General Courses, the conduct of end-of-semester examinations for all other courses i.e. departmental courses, will be in the form of take-home papers”.

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“All other continuing students in Level 100-300 will, as arranged earlier, continue to have online teaching and learning activities through the LMS mode”. it said

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