Walter Sisulu University (WSU) has put a two week lockdown into action at it’s Buffalo City Campus as a way to curb the further spread of the coronavirus. This comes as South Africans all over await further information on a hard lockdown due to a possible resurgence of the virus.
WSU is the first institution of higher learning to do this. This is the institutions’s way of tightening safety measures and protecting over 7000 students. The institution has had 26 students across four different residences and one staff member test positive.
The 26 students who tested positive are currently being housed in separate housing facilities, said the University.
Provincial and University capacity is limited, howeverm and Management has had to reconsider its risk management processes and improve out precautionary measures. Our priority is to protect our staff and students; and also the Buffalo City residents with whom our students come into contact when doing their shopping.
– Prof JR Midgley, WSU VC
Classes, assessments and exams at the Buffalo City campus are postponed and are scheduled to continue on 9 October. Up until that point, online activity will continue.
Students have put the blame on management’s shoulders for the spread of the virus at the campus. “We are dissatisfied in the manner in which he is carrying out his plan to curb the spread of corona. Firstly, there is a residence where the first case of corona was reported. Up to now, that residence has still not been fumigated.”
The students at the University have also said that the institution was never ready in terms of their plan to save the academic year. They have said that in terms of class attendance, there was no limit to the number of students allowed in classes for social distancing to take place.
Yonela Tukwayo, Spokesperson for the University said:
As a University we have to juggle things around. We have to make sure that we protect our own staff members and our students as well by restricting their movement as much as possible. Hence, we have had to suspend all academic and administrative activities for students on campus in Buffalo City only.
The Student Representative Council at WSU has welcomed this intervention but are concerned. “What we’ll like as student leadership is that allowances should be paid early and students should be allowed to do grocery shopping and then come back and be allowed to stay at their residences,” they said.
They further explained that it was said allowances will be paid on the 28th and after that, students will be allowed to buy groceries and go to their residences.
WSU is still waiting for the Covid test results of over 100 students who were tested last week.
Posted by Walter Sisulu University on Sunday, 25 October 2020
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