Thursday 28 May, 2020

UWI considering online classes as coronavirus reaches the Caribbean

The UWI, Cave Hill Campus.

The UWI, Cave Hill Campus.

Lecturers at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill campus may have to resort to an online learning structure as a preventative measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019).

The campus’ administration released their plans and procedures for the virus as of March 9, 2020.

Via sn email, students were advised that the university will seek to facilitate online classes if restrictions on social gatherings are announced by the national authorities. They are also encouraged to contact the Ministry of Health and Wellness 24-7 hotline or the Student Health Clinic if they believe that they have been exposed to the virus.

Additionally, the administration is asking that campus faculties should consider minimising the number of activities that involve visitors to the campus for the next six months.

A lecturer of the campus says that she supports any preventative measures being taken by officials to ensure the safety of the students and staff.

As of recently, hand sanitizer dispensers have also been placed at various locations on campus.

One student spoke with Loop News about how he felt on the university’s plan.

“Yes I agree with the measures but there is only so much that UWI can do.” The student stated that the rooms at the university are air conditioned so if one person in the room coughs it is highly likely that others in the same room will be affected.

The unidentified student discoursed that not only students, but the whole country should educate themselves on the virus.

On March 12, 2020, there will be an information session on the COVID-19 for students.



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