ADDIS ABABA – Public universities in Ethiopia are to resume graduate class via virtual platforms, announced Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MoSHE) on Thursday.
All public universities are closed since March 24 as part of government’s effort to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). As of Thursday, the virus has infected 92 people in Ethiopia.
Officials of MoSHE said the latest decision was made following a dialogue with presidents of universities on teaching proceedings.
“We have reached a resolution to restart classes virtually,” the ministry said in a statement posted on its official Facebook page.
The Ministry said it has directed universities that are giving graduate classes to prepare the necessary documents and resources needed to resume the teaching-learning process.
They are also advised to create platforms that could help the postgraduate students to discuss their study with their advisors through video conference.
The Ministry has no plan to resume classes for first-degree students.
It, however, said universities have been selected to facilitate and coordinate the preparation of course materials and conditions of reaching for the first-degree students.
These higher institutions will avail around 80,000 reading materials and other supporting books to be delivered for them via http://library.techin.et/ and http://ndl.ethernet.edu.et other selected platforms.
The aim is to prepare them for various courses while they are at home, it said.
MoSHE is currently in talks with state-owned telecom service provider Ethio-telecom to prepare websites and applications which can be accessed by the students and teachers free of charges.
Image: Front gate of Addis Ababa University’s Sidist Kilo Campus