Posted: 19 March, 2020

IUIU OFFICIALLY RELEASES STUDENTS FOLLOWING PRESIDENTS DIRECTIVE OVER FEAR OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The Islamic University in Uganda Vice Rector in charge of Finance and Administration, Prof. Abdul Kaziba Mpaata has officially released students to go home following the Wednesday directive by Uganda’s President H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to close Academic Institutions for a month starting 20th March due to the coronavirus (covid-19) threat.

While addressing the students on Thursday afternoon at the University Management shade, the Vice Rector urged students to positively accept the development in good faith and return to their homes noting that it is for their own good.

“This is also applicable to international students who would wish to travel to their respective countries, other than those listed by the government, you are free to do so” he emphasized.

He however cautioned international students who wish to remain to abide by the rules and regulations as guided by the Ministry of Health.

“International students who wish to stay on campus should register with the Students Coordinator’s office and should be ready to stay within the campus and observe the University regulations accordingly” he stressed. 

Prof. Mpaata appealed to the students to play a key role in their respective communities by helping to sensitize and educate their people on the relevant preventative measures of the Pandemic.

“You should be the people to explain and un-tell the myths circulated in the community, as well as educate your parents and relatives about the preventive measure of this Pandemic” Prof. Mpaata emphasized. 

Besides that, the Vice Rector informed students that they should use the University ERP and other online platforms to complete the uncovered topics, saying that their lecturers shall use the same to deliver readings. He urged students to keep in touch with their lecturers and Heads of Departments for continuous consultation especially in areas they have not covered.

“Use this opportunity to study your books, get contacts of your instructors and colleagues so that while at home, you continue studying through phone consultation and by the time you report back to sit for your exams, you are able to pass” the Vice-rector advised.

He urged students to stay calm while at home and support their parents to look for tuition for those who have not yet cleared. 

The University Academic registrar Dr. Halima Wakabi Akbar advised students to be prayerful as the University goes through this transition.

“For those who have been following the news, you realize that we should be saying Alhamdulillah because if you see what is happening elsewhere it is a tragedy. So, when such mitigation measures are put in place, we should accept them positively and continue with life” Dr. Halima noted.

She further encouraged students who have issues, both academic and nonacademic to feel free to consult or visit respective administrative offices which will remain open during this period.

The Guild president H.E Welunga Yusuf while addressing the gathering urged his fellow students to comply with the national directive and concentrate more on reading so that by the time they return, they are ready for examinations. 

According to the Presidential directive, Students are expected to report back on 19th April 2020 and the university end of semester examinations kicks off on 27th April 2020.