The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education has with immediate effect banned all face to face lectures at institutions of higher learning in light of the danger this poses to students and lecturers due to Covid-19.
Communication from the Secretary for Higher Education Professor Fanuel Tagwira to all principals of teachers colleges, polytechnics and industrial training colleges said lectures must stop with immediate effect.
“It is now observed that Covid-19 cases are escalating daily and this puts the lives of students and our members at our institutions at high risk.
In veiw of the forgoing the Ministry is herby directing that all tertiary education institutions with immediate effect suspend face to face lectures on campus and continue with e-learning,” he wrote.
Students will now move out of the campuses where they were residing.
“In this regard all students must vacate halls of residence by Friday 24 July 2020.
The Ministry is working flat out to ensure that all institutions are adequately resourced with the necessary infrastructure to facilitate quality access to e-learning,” he said.
In a post Cabinet briefing yesterday, the Minister of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services Cde Monica Mutsvangwa recommended that Chinhoyi University of Technology university closes following reports of Covid19 at the institution.
“Additionally, following the recorded infection at the Chinhoyi University of Technology and in line with the guidelines for the re-opening of Universities and Colleges, The Taskforce resolved that the said institution undertake all necessary and sensible steps to close,” she said.
Universities have been opening in a phased manner with examination and final year students having returned to class in some institutions.