Polytechnic students are requesting the University Office to find alternative, workable ways to ensure continuation of lessons amid the school closure.
The University of Malawi constituent college’s students have been out of class for at least nine months following the initial pandemic-stimulated shutdown last March.
The students’ general concern is that they are being told to go home two weeks after opening, despite the long stay at home.
“We had moved to an online platform that we have come up with, of course it demands that others should be on compass. Some of the lessons can be delivered face to face some online, so we need to still be on campus to carry that out, so being told to go home affects the progress that we had wanted to have at the beginning of the year,” Polytechnic Students Union -PSU President, Kunozga Mloboka said.
One of the solutions that have been suggested as alternatives is online lessons.
However, speaking earlier during the installation of President Chakwera as the Chancellor of the University of Malawi, Pro-Vice Chancellor Alfred Mtenje lamented over how connectivity challenges and cost of internet negatively affected their efforts to deliver lessons online.
Mloboka also shares Mtenje’s concern, stressing that the much-touted online lessons have totally failed due to persistent network connectivity challenges.
“Last week we had problems with the system, it was failing to handle the population of the students, so the first issue was to address the system itself,” Mloboka disclosed.
The student further suggest that some of them should undergo COVID test to ascertain whether or not all of them should be sent home and close the school as per the president’s order.