Bishop Stuart University launches Open Distance and e-Learning ahead of 2nd semester resumption
Bishop Situart University (BSU) Kakoba Mbarara city has today, Monday, October 12, 2020 launched virtual classes under the Open Distance and e-Learning (ODeL) programme as approved by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) though this won’t stop physical attendance of lectures/classes where necessary.
The University Academic Registrar, Mr. Aruho Abdon Rutega has confirmed that 89 academic programmes; 4 PhDs, 12 masters, 8 post graduate diplomas,38 bachelors, 26 ordinary diplomas and 1 certificate programme for the Second Semester Academic Year 2019/2020 will commence on 26th October 2020 with a mandatory online orientation on COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and online teaching will officially commence on 2nd November 2020
All Schools and Higher Institutions of Learning were closed in March this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic but President Y Tibuhaburwa K Museveni recently allowed reporting of all final year students pursuing Health related courses and later allowed that schools with candidate classes and all finalist students in schools, tertiary institutions and universities be re-opened effective 15th October 2020.
BSU vice chancellor Prof. Maud Kamatenesi Mugisha expressed hope that no one will be lost in this 4th industrial revolution move as all stakeholders have been informed to fully prepare by equipping themselves with smart phones, laptops, desktops or tabs and internet besides other necessities like tuition.
Prof Maud stressed that there is need to go digital because this is a new era of digital approaches, artificial intelligence and virtual classes.