Minister of Higher Education Jacques Fame Ndongo announced Universities will resume on June 1, 2020.

One of the major important decisions by the government to deal with the spread of COVID-19 was to discontinue classes at the universities.

One could imagine the consequences if classes were to continue.

Resumption of classes

The minister of higher education on April 29, 2020 held a video conference meeting with stakeholders of the higher education sector.

Participants among others includes heads of  international and national academic institutions.

Heads of educational establishments with special status as well as promoters of private higher education institutions were present.

At the meeting, it was decided that all the universities were to  “resume face-to-face courses from June 1, 2020. These courses will run for 8 weeks”.

End of academic year.

Also at the meeting, the decision to rearrange the academic calendar for the year was taken by the university authorities.

The academic year that will resume on June 1 will go up to be closed on August 30, 2020.

It was emphasized that the resumption of “the activities of the academic year 2020/2021” must begin on October 5, 2020.

Thus, the students and administrators are given one month from the end of the academic year to prepare themselves for the next academic year.

Other measures

Indeed several other measures were taken at the meeting.

Among the other decisions, it was decided particularly was “the break-up of large-scale supply chains into several groups”. This will make it possible to “respect social distancing measures”.

The regular disinfection of classrooms and amphitheater was among the other decisions taken.

This decision has come to make it clear that it was never going to be possible for the government and her universities to effectively run an online studies as they announce weeks back.