As part of the efforts to ensure a safe school reopening, the Management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has set up a treatment and isolation centre to respond to emergency COVID-19 cases.
The set up of the treatment and isolation centre follows the Monday, June 15 partial reopening of school by the government for final year tertiary institution students in the country for them to continue with academic work and prepare for their forthcoming exit examinations.
The University Relations Officer, Dr. Norris Bekoe who disclosed this new development in an interview with Ghana News Agency in Kumasi said about 1,500 final year students of the University were expected back on campus for completion of the second semester.
They included mostly sixth-year clinical students of the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD), as well as Veterinary Medicine, sixth year Doctor of Pharmacy students and final year students pursuing Midwifery and Medical Diagnostics degree programmes.
Dr. Norris Bekoe further disclosed that the Management had made it compulsory for all students to undergo a screening exercise every morning before attending lecturers, adding that they would also be equipped with free nose masks.
He added that following the reopening all halls of residence and lecture theatres had been fumigated to ensure maximum safety of students, lectures, and non-teaching staff.
Dr. Bekoe indicated that the existing arrangements for online teaching and assessment for continuing and final year students as agreed at a recent stakeholders’ meeting was also in force.
This is against the backdrop of the fact that more than eighty percent of assignments and project work which would be used as an assessment for the end of second-semester examinations, had already been completed and submitted for marking.
A statement signed and issued by the University Deputy Registrar in-charge of Academic Affairs, Mrs. Margaret Dzisi, and obtained by Georgeweb.org stated that relating to the completion of the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic year, all online assignments and assessments should be completed by June 30.
It said students who had challenges in accessing the online platform would have the option to relocate to the University’s campus from June 15 to 30.
The statement further indicated that the KNUST COVID-19 Team would ensure that students who report on campus would on arrival be examined and taken through the safety protocols as recommended by the Ministry of Health.