Nelson Mandela University has moved to suspend contact classes on campus in Geberha following a surge in the number of Covid-19 infections amongst its students in the past 24 hours.
The Herald Live reported that, According to a memo that was sent to the university's staff and students on Tuesday. as evidenced by the sharp increase in the rate of infections across the province, a decision was taken to hold virtual classes in an attempt to bring the spread of the coronavirus under control.
All mask-to-mask sessions will be halted from today [Tuesday] until we determine when it is safe to resume. Likewise, all planned in-person assessments are to be transferred to online platforms or deferred until it is deemed safe to return to mask-to-mask sessions.
“Lecturers will communicate changes to assessment, learning and teaching schedules in their modules,” NMU said.
As further stated by the letter, many of the university's students infected with Covid-19 were asymptomatic and thus showed no signs of the virus.
This is why it becomes critical to always wear a face mask in all our buildings and when you are walking to or around campus. This, accompanied by the other preventive measures of sanitising hands and maintaining a safe distance, will assist in the ongoing efforts to contain the virus and curb its impact on the academic project.
Tswane University of Technology is also among the country's tertiary institutions that recently announced its suspension of face to face classes following an increase in Covid-19 infections and the death of a student.