Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) who is also the Chairman of COVID-19 Committee of the Institution, Prof. Abayomi Sunday Fasina said the University has set up a 13-man COVID-19 Committee from various departments of the Institution on the measures to put in place for reopening of the school.
According to him, the World Health Organisation (WHO) protocols are being domesticated and adopted in FUOYE as the University has bought thermometers, sanitisers and disinfectants.
“We hope to disinfect the University environment again apart from the fumigation we did in April. Public awareness and health education on the virus is ongoing. We will soon buy disinfectant tunnels and deploy them to critical areas where people are passing”.
As part of the strategies for reopening, Fasina highlighted grouping faculties where some would be pure online such as Arts, Social Sciences, Education to allow spaces for Sciences, Engineering and Agriculture faculties in order to keep to social distancing rule.
He stressed that courses with large numbers of students like General studies would be absolute online, while practical courses in Agriculture, Science and Engineering would be taking in group through morning and afternoon shifting by alternating the days, adding that consideration might likely be given to final year students first, while resumption of other students would be in phases.
The DVC explained that the University would deploy ICT to compliment teaching and that staff would be trained especially the academic staff, on how to go about online teaching without anyone losing his or her job by adopting the new normal.
“Data will be purchased in bulk at a discounted rate and shared to students who will need more data to learn online. The University will also encourage students to acquire necessary ICT tools to facilitate e-learning”.