UL Administration Changes Gear On E-Learning Saga

The President of the University of Liberia has announced a revert to Blended Learning for the current semester.

Rev. Dr. Julius Sarwolo Nelson, Jr. declared in a statement released on Monday, August 9, 2021 that this will allow the UL to have as many traditional in-person classes as possible from the perspective of full adherence to health guidelines which are still in effect, and as much E-Learning as necessary.

Cognizant of the fact that Liberia is not yet fully out of the THIRD WAVE of COVID-19 spread and that health protocols are still in place, he said participation in the ‘Traditional Learning’ aspect of this Blended Learning semester is conditional.

He noted that everyone must wash hands at the gates of UL campuses and wear facemasks at all times while on campus.

The UL President stated that   students signing up for In-person sections are highly encouraged to take the COVID-19 vaccine or must present (at a specified interval) negative Rapid Test results.

According to him, the number of students allowed in a section will be determined by the size of the room assigned.

He also said university employees and students are expected to uphold all other aspects of the revised COVID-19 guidelines released by health authorities.

With these changes affecting the conduct of the current semester, Dr. Nelson made it known that a new calendar of activities has been released.

He said classes will resume on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, and end on Saturday, November 27, 2021.

Recently, aggrieved students of the University of Liberia, saddened by technical challenges associated with the full E-Learning Semester, elected to exercise their option of expressing discontentment through protest on the Capitol Hill Campus.

Dr. Nelson pointed out that while this is allowed at the UL, it unfortunately degenerated into violent episodes and was extended beyond the campus perimeters.

There were multiple injuries sustained by students and staff as well the destruction of properties on Capitol Hill.

 

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