As all Higher Institutions across Nigeria are battling with keeping up with the academic calendar for the year and ensuring that students graduate or complete a session as originally scheduled, Coal City University Enugu has added another mark to its continuous strive to stay ahead of the challenges to the delivery of uninterrupted quality education.
The Vice –Chancellor of Coal City University, Prof. Afam Icha-Ituma, has on behalf of the management, announced the commencement of online assessment through the University’s virtual learning platform, myCCU.
Prof. Afam Icha-Ituma on Wednesday, 10thJune, 2020, made this disclosure in a press release made available to the University’s media team. He said the decision was unanimously reached by the management of the school during a teleconference meeting. He reiterated the University’s commitment to ensuring that academic calendar is not disrupted.
“We are cautious of any decision we take in this season to avoid the interruption of our academic calendar which might be difficult to fix considering the pandemic. We will not allow the physical closure of schools to halt the operations in the University. We took this stance at the beginning of the effects of this pandemic on institutions of learning and we have since responded. Our students are actively engaged and the curriculum are being rolled out accordingly”
He added, “We have assured our public of our unwavering commitment to serve them and help the University attain excellence in all ramifications despite the interference of the C0VID-19 pandemic. If it persists, we shall also commence examinations online.”
Expressing his views on the publication of TheSun News online naming Coal City University, Enugu as leading the transitioning from the traditional classroom system to e-learning, he responded that “its not even about the pandemic, we are a strong proponent of what I call blended learning which is complimenting face-to-face with online technology and that is why we were able to respond because we were already thinking ahead of it”. Also reminding students that those who fail to complete their tuition fee will be denied access to participate in the continuous assessment.
Prof. Afam Icha-Ituma cautioned students to endeavor to join and pay rapt attention in the training organized by the ICT unit to tutor them on how to effectively use the platform in realizing a hitch-free continuous assessment while encouraging them to apply online guidelines during the assessment.
“Management is doing her part in ensuring the continuity of teaching and learning in the University but our students have a role to ensure that our efforts is not in vain. I therefore encourage them to be cooperate with us until this trying time is over.”
He also implored parents and guardians to ensure that students maintain strict compliance to the guidelines that will ensure that they get the best experience from this exercise.
In his closing remarks, he reminded students of the University’s zero-tolerance for examination malpractices and irregularities and will not hesitate to penalize those found wanting while urging them to employ all NCDC guidelines in keeping safe.
by Gladys Shaba