By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Monday, March 30, 2020.
The Rector of one of Cameroon’s state Universities, Prof. Adolph Minkoa She of the University of Yaounde II, located in the country’s Centre Region, said all students at his University will stay home starting Monday, March 30, 2020.
Prof. Adolph Minkoa She furthered that all courses will be taken only online at http://elearning-uy2.org, adding it’s a well-secured, highly performant website created by the Information and Communication Center of the university.
Students have created automatic accounts under the main website where lessons will be sent. Class groups have also been established and lecturers will interact with students.
The new approach is in response to the global COVID-19, the Rector said in a press release last week. The University of Buea in the country’s South West region also suspended all its activities on the campus effective March 27, 2020, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ngomo Horace Manga ordered.
This followed a second meeting of deans and directors under their umbrella, Committee of Deans and Directors ( CDD) on March 26, 2020. Prof Ngomo confirmed in a press statement that National Telegraph saw dated March 27, 2020, citing COVID-19.
“Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and cognisant of the measures put in place by the government of Cameroon to curb the spread of this pandemic, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buea hereby calls on students of the University presently on academic and professional internships in various institutions to suspend these activities immediately and return to their various homes. They will be notified on when to resume on these internships,” reads the press statement.
The CDD meeting also resolved to suspend all academic affairs and all upcoming activities on campus such as lectures, enlarged meetings, public ceremonies, seminars till an undefined date. Also, the 2019/2020 first semester examinations to be published online, with the approved use of E-learning for the continuation of lectures.
The COVID-19 is currently affecting 199 countries and territories with total confirmed cases at 735,015 and 34,804 deaths. Cameroon so far has 142 confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to the Health Minister, Dr. Manaouda Malachie.