COVID-19: Our students will graduate on schedule despite lockdown-VC- By Reginald Okoro

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Prof Iche Ukpai-Kalu, the Vice Chancellor of Evangel University, Akaeze, in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi, said that Students of the Institution would graduate on record time, despite the threat of global COVID-19 pandemic.

Ukpai-Kalu stated this at a news briefing on Tuesday at university’s temporary site at Okpoto, in Ishielu local government area of Ebonyi.

The VC spoke through Dr Tiben Nwali, the institution’s director of Public Affairs on the progress made by the University, since the lockdown occasioned by the novel Coronavirus pandemic.

According to the vice chancellor, the staff and students are working in synergy towards ensuring that the academic calendar of the university was not truncated by the current global challenge.

Ukpai-Kalu noted that the university has an assemblage of some of the best brains in the academic world and explained that lecturers of the institution were capable of handling all the courses offered by the institution.

“Our online platforms for teaching and learning in the university are very effective and the institution parades the best brains in academic world .

“The University Management under the Vice Chancellor is doing its best to motivate the workers through regular salary payment, despite its lean revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I wish to emphasize here that our university’s online teaching and e-learning is very effective.

“We have just conducted our mid-semester quiz online; we are ready to start our exams online as soon as possible.

“But within this week, every lecturer is expected have conducted online quiz for their students.

“So, we have a very effective online teaching and learning platform for our students; that, they are at home doesn’t mean they are losing anything.
“That’s why the management led Prof Ukpai-Kalu has continued to say that the students of the university will graduate on record time because we are untilizing our time judiciously,” he said.

Prof Ukpai-Kalu

The VC reiterated commitment of the institution in providing qualitative teaching and learning to students of the university adding that the COVID – 19 pandemic would not affect the school’s academic calendar.

“We have not been affected by the lockdown arising from the Coronavirus pandemic; we are effectively rendering academic services to our students online.

“We, therefore, wish to use this opportunity to call on the parents and guardians of students of the university to pay their school fees because they are having their lectures everyday in the comfort of their rooms.

“The management has been able to work hard to ensure that there is constant payment of salaries for every member of staff of the university.”

The university boss added that the school had released admission cut-off mark for prospective students for the 2020/2021 academic session.

“We also use this medium to inform the general public that the university has released its internal cut off points for 2020/2021 admissions into various departments.

“For Nursing Science department, cut-off point is 180 while 160 is approved for all the other departments.

“We encourage parents and guardians to take advantage of the seren learning environment and qualified lecturers to secure admission for their children and wards in the university, ” he added.

The VC further explained that College of Arts and Social Sciences of the university has departments of English Language; Economics, History/International Relations, Mass Communication, Sociology/Anthropology, Political Science and Theater Arts.

He added that the College of Health Science houses the departments of Nursing Science; Physiotherapy, Radiography/Radiation Science, Medical Laboratory and Public Health.

He said: “The College of Management Sciences offers degree courses in the departments of Accounting, Banking/Finance, Business Management and Marketing.

“While the College of Science has the Departments of Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Industrial Chemistry, Computer Science, Industrial Mathematics, Microbiology and Physics/Electronics. “

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