The Higher Education department and institutions is now preparing for the reopening of Universities in March while we still live alongside Covid-19. The Department is also preparing institutions to support the vaccine rollout.
Higher Health is working with the Department of Health on the vaccine strategy. They will be using a two pronged approach which will entail:
- Campus clinics will be used as vaccination sites with nurses, psychologist, healthcare students who will be trained.
- Vaccinate healthcare and frontline workers and students who are in clinical and health sciences.
.... so that we can start vaccination as the phases of vaccination goes.
2020 completely threw higher education off and many changes had to be made in the eyes of learning and teaching. Protocols were in place and guidelines were released, including how examinations and assessments had to take place.
CEO of Higher Health, Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, said:
From preparing the examination centre, preparing the examiners, preparing students and then the examination hall and then post-examination right until the point of invigilation towards the exam papers.
Higher Health had to look at how exam papers were being collected and how they should be quarantined before they were marked. Even the small details had to be looked at to limit the spread of Covid-19.
Universities are now working to complete the 2020 academic year.
We have minimised the infections quite minimally though there had been deaths, though there had been infections in our sector but have been very minimal compared to how we're seeing it around us so these protocols have worked.
HealthCheck will continue being used on campuses. This is a screening application used on campuses by staff and students.
1,6 million students have already used it with 8 million screenings having been done.
They will now be looking into how they'll enforce the same things from last year, even with challenges.