MASVINGO – Great Zimbabwe University students have written a letter addressed to the university administration including the Vice-Chancellor and the Dean of Students expressing concern on the recent decision by the University to fast track the commencement of examinations.
In a letter accessed by ZimDaily, the students give various reasons for demanding the postponement of examinations to a later date.
The students cite the risk of physical contact amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Another concern was that the university hierarchy had arbitrarily imposed an examination timetable and on short notice with students given virtually a week to prepare for the exams.
“As students without any equivocation we are immensely worried about the school’s recent turn on a government’s directive by requesting students to imminently prep for physical exams considering that the Ministry of Higher Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology has not officially reversed its decision,” read part of the letter.
The letter further reads” Whilst the option of commencing online exams was also not reasonably feasible, as students we wish to earnestly persuade the school to ethically postpone examinations in the near future in consideration of Covid-19 exposure risks to students.”
This letter comes in the wake of the University’s decision to reopen for physical examinations, and the students were given only a week to prepare for exams.