With the uncertainty surrounding the end of the COVID19 pandemic, learning institutions and government agencies continue to look for alternative ways to keep the education sector rolling.
This week, Victoria University, a leading private university, announced that it has been granted permission to conduct online learning (e-learning) by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).
Victoria University, owned by Ruparelia Group, joins a list of other public and private universities that will now teach and examine their learners using internet tools.
The NCHE Executive Director Prof. Mary J. N. Okwakol wrote to the university on Monday, August 31 to deliver the good news. And immediately, Victoria University intensified their recruitment drive for the September and October intake.
“I am pleased to inform you that after due consideration, the National Council for Higher Education has granted you permission to roll-out emergency ODel for the attached programmes,” Prof. Okwakol’s letter to the VU Vice Chancellor reads.
Victoria University, which has since the initiation of the COVID19 nationwide lockdown heavily invested in online learning tools, on May 22 wrote to NCHE seeking permission to teach and examine their students online. Now it has been granted.
Victoria University pioneered an e-learning platform for their scholars and the NCHE permit means that students will not have to suffer a dead year and their academic journey can continue on schedule, albeit online.
The permit granted to VU is for a period of 12 months or the duration of the Covid-19 crisis schools’ lockdown, whichever comes first. “You may apply for a renewal of the permission at least two months before the expiry of the 12 months’ period, if necessary,” Okwakol wrote.