Latest: KASU Debunks COVID-19 Case on Campus
Management of Kaduna State University (KASU) has debunked the fake news of the Coronavirus case being disseminated across social media. This was disclosed in a press statement released today by Professor Abdullahi Ashafa, DVC Academics made available to Voicing Gong.
Professor Abdullahi noted that the said fake news is highly mischievous and devilish which can breach peace and good reputation the school has been enjoying over the years.
A section of the press statement read, “this is highly mischievous and devilish. For over sixteen (16) weeks now the Medical students have been together without any challenge about COVID-19 or any ailment for that matter. The management is aware that when the 600 Level Medical students were to be recalled to prepare them for their final exams, few of them about four (4) were suspected and isolated at the Hamdala Isolation Center. Since then there has been no issue. They have completed their eight weeks of Community Diagnosis posting as well as Rural posting without any problem. They have been going to the wards and doing their tutorials excellently.”
He observed that “the Management is disappointed that suspected cases among four students in mid-July have been given undeserving propaganda to score mischievous points. Unionism is a right but Management will not accept blackmail. If truly there were such cases, the Kaduna State COVID-19 Committee that is always on alert visiting every Centre of exams to conduct tests should have broken the news which some have usurped the role they were not expert on.”
“The Management is calling members of the University Community as well as the public to disregard this unfortunate blackmail so as to stall the commencement of the planned exams next week Monday,” He added.
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The Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Kaduna State University (KASU) Chapter, Comrade Tukur Abdulkadir revealed that some weeks ago, 17 out of about 50 Medical students who were recalled for examination tested positive for COVID-19. “As you are aware, the management of Kaduna State University has opened the university and plans to conduct examination beginning from Monday, 19th of October, 2020.
“The decision by the management of KASU to re-open is in gross violation of the Covid-19 Protocol as highlighted by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). This action also violates the standard provision and regulations guiding the conduct of University examinations. “Let this be known to the general public, almost all the guidelines as stipulated by PTF/NCDC are not in existence in Kaduna State University at the moment. Students congregate very closely without a facemask, and hostels are overcrowded. It is on record that some weeks ago, 17 out of about 50 Medical students who were recalled for examination tested positive to Covid-19.
“Among the guidelines necessary for safe re-opening of institutions are: Total and comprehensive fumigation of the entire campus surrounding and all facilities. “Detailed Parents/Guardians, Staff, and other stakeholders of the University community on safety measures for reopening. Proper adherence to the PTF/NCDC Covid-19 protocol such as wearing face mask, observance of physical distance, regular washing of hands, hand sanitizers in strategic locations, and so on. Provision of designated screening centres and isolation facilities.Training of health workers on the use of PPES.
“As you may be aware that the university has been closed for more than 7 months. The Kaduna State University Management plans to re-open on 18/10/2020 and commence examination by 19/10/2020. Students have not been given time for revision (at least 2 weeks as required).
“This will have severe consequences on students’ performance, and therefore undermine the examination. Amongst the infractions associated with planned examinations include: Inability to subject examination questions for external moderation before examination by some departments. This is an important requirement for examination in Universities in Nigeria as stipulated by NUC. “Inviting/engaging postgraduate students and Non-academic staff to conduct the examination. It should be noted that examination is the most important component of any university and strictly an academic affair. The absence of academic staff in the conduct of the examination might temper with the quality and integrity of the examinations.
“Some newly established departments have covered only a fraction of their syllabus, yet examination will hold in these departments. “It is clear that the re-opening of Kaduna State University by the University Management potent danger and health risk to citizens of Kaduna State. The second wave of Covid-19 has manifested in some countries, with more casualties being reported. “Kaduna State University is a non-residential university, where students come for study and return back home after classes. This therefore stresses the danger for widespread of the virus,” he said.