Tanzanian universities reopened on Monday on a caution note after they were shut down about two months ago following the outbreak of the COVID-19 in the East African nation.

Chancellors of universities in the country said they had taken precautionary measures days before they reopened according to instructions of education authorities.

They said the measures included making sure that the students wash hands as they enter the academic buildings, wear face masks, undergo thermal scanning and observe a one-meter social distance.

The Acting Vice-Chancellor for private-owned Tumaini University’s Dar es Salaam College, Andrew Mollel, said 70 percent of students at the college based in Mwenge area have already reported for studies.

“We have made adjustments to the academic program to enable them to cover their curriculum in the remaining 12 weeks before they sit for their examinations,” said Mollel.

Jackson Isdory, communications officer for government-owned University of Dar es Salaam, said many students reported on Monday, adding that all precautionary guidelines against CIVID-19 were already in place. Faustian Bee, the chancellor of state-run University of Dodoma, said 12, 533 students, an equivalent of 42 percent of total students, have already reported for studies.

“We have placed buckets for hand washing all over the university. All students have been instructed to wear face masks. In short, we are observing guidelines given by the Ministry of Health,” said Bee.

On May 21, Tanzanian President John Magufuli announced the reopening of universities on June 1 after what he described as a decline in COVID-19 infection cases.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa announced the shutdown of schools and universities on March 17 and March 18, respectively, following the outbreak of the virus in the East African nation.


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