The University of Makeni, in responding to government’s pronouncement on the reopening of schools and colleges after a very long break as a result of the Ebola crisis, formally started its academic work on Tuesday 7th April, 2015. This long awaited moment in the University’s calendar commenced with a mass, inviting God’s presence in the midst of this challenging era. The mass was well attended by both staff and students of this noble institution.
As safety measures are required by every institution in containing the Ebola scourge, UNIMAK is more than prepared in adhering to these measures. Veronica buckets containing sanitised water are available at both entry and exit points of the university and security posts are equipped with infrared thermometers to check the body temperature of staff, students and essential visitors. Other health measures fixed by the institution include the downsizing of the number of students per class, completing of bio-data forms by all staff and students so as to know those that were quarantined, those coming from high risk areas etc, encouraging students to inculcate the habit of personal hygiene, limiting non-essential visitors, and restricting hostel students from going for weekends among others.
Students of the university are overzealous in attending lectures- this is evident when most of the lectures were well attended on the first day of the reopening. Although the Ebola epidemic hit the economy of the country hard, which correspondingly affected the economic status of parents and sponsors of these students, yet still efforts were made to ensure that students continue their academic work as usual.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Makeni, Rev Fr. Prof Joseph Alimamy Turay, is spurring on members of staff as well as students to put make every effort in a bid to set the university on its rightful footing. Lecturers are ever ready to ensure that they fully cover their classes, and students are determined to learn irrespective of the daunting challenges they are going through as a result of the Ebola crisis.