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BUIB Receives Presidential Masks

The President of the Republic of Cameroon, Mr. Paul Biya, through the Ministry of Higher Education, has offered some 2000 protective face masks to Biaka University Institute of Buea (BUIB) as part of Government’s support to curb the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic within the country. Received this 10th day of June 2020 at the university’s complex by the Vice Chancellor of the institution Dr. Hongla Francisca Biaka, these protective face masks will go a long way to serve the over 1,700 students of the university as well as its faculty and  staff .

This kind gesture by the government has been described by some of the students of BUIB as that which does not only encourage them to fully embrace  all  COVID- 19 preventive measures as part and parcel of them, but also boosts their confidence  that the Government is not relenting its efforts in containing the current health crisis in the country.

As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise within the country, the President of the Republic has made it mandatory for all to wear protective face mask when they go out in public.

Health experts say wearing a face mask will help prevent the spread of infection and prevent the individual from contracting any airborne infectious germs. When someone coughs, talks, sneezes they could release germs into the air that may infect others nearby. According to them, face masks are part of an infection control strategy to eliminate cross-contamination.  

This move  by the Head of State comes to complement that which the university has in place including hand washing points, hand sanitizers, social distancing in classrooms among others to ensure a COVID -19 free campus.

Onsite Lessons Kick Off Effectively At BUIB.

The Biaka University Institute of Buea has recorded a massive turn out of students as they answer present on campus to continue with studies for the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic year.  This onsite presence was suspended some two months ago by the Cameroon government in a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Entering into a campus well equipped to host the students amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, students and lecturers obeyed the  safety rules put in place by the management to ensure a COVID-19 free campus.

 All stakeholders entering into the Biaka complex are expected to make use of the running water, detergents and hand sanitizers placed at the main entrance of the university as well as all other entry points within the university.

The students who walked into campus with much excitement to continue with traditional classroom lectures are also very protective of themselves as they could be seen wearing their mask and maintaining social distancing as they follow lectures in the classroom.

Worthy of note is the fact that the time table for lectures allows for classes with large numbers to be split into at least three different sessions so as to maintain social distancing within the classrooms and the university at large.   

Students have taken upon themselves to ensure a COVID-19 free environment by frequently disinfecting their benches with sanitizers made available by the university management.

The semester which appears to be challenging one due to the current health crisis, students and lecturers as well as administrators have embraced all necessary safety measures to stop the spread of the pandemic and stay alive.

Managing COVID-19: BUIB is set for June 1st school reopening

BUIB is ready to resume school come June 1st 2020.
The administration of Biaka University Institute of Buea has held a high level preparatory meeting to plan for the second phase of the academic year amidst the covid-19 pandemic.

The three hours meeting which was chaired by the Vice Chancellor of the University, Dr Francisca Hongla Biaka, flanked by her close collaborators brought together all full time and part time lecturers of the University.

During the meeting which took place on Wednesday May 27th 2020, BUIB management thanked lecturers for the enormous work put in since the 23rd of April 2020 when the second semester started with online classes and encouraged them to integrate the online system as part of the future of the teaching and learning process for the University.

Reports from Different School directors (school of management sciences and school of health sciences) say learning has been going on effectively on the BUIB eLearning portal and more than 60 per cent of the work has been covered this far.

They (Director of schools) added that, students have begun taking their continuous assessment (CA) on the university online portal and hope to effectively carry on revision and complete the rest of the syllabus when school resumes.

The occasion also provided lecturers the opportunity to be briefed by management on the measures put in place to prevent COVID-19 on campus and to ensure a COVID-19 free campus when students return.

Some of the measures taken by the University includes; production of huge quantities of hand sanitizers by the school of health Sciences, acquiring of thousands of face masks for all students and lecturers and hiring of experts to sanitize all class rooms and campus before students return on campus.

In addition, running water has been installed in all learning blocks; new learning spaces created and buckets of water placed in front of all entry points for students and lecturers to wash their hands before entering the classroom.

Lecturers were also told to slash large class rooms into different sessions while maintaining social distancing during studies as per the government’s instructions.

BUIB commemorates Ascension Day

On this 21st day of May 2020, Biaka University Institute of Buea (BUIB) joins in the celebration of Ascension Day – a holiday in Cameroon to commemorate Jesus Christ’s ascension to heaven as recorded in the Bible. This celebration which always falls on a Thursday is observed on the fortieth day of Easter – 39 days after Easter Sunday.

Operating as a university that respects religious values and which is non-discriminatory, BUIB compliments the tradition of observing this day accordingly. The Ascension is meaningful to Christians as it is believed that it signifies the end of Christ’s work on Earth and allowed him to prepare a place for followers in heaven

It is worth noting that according to history, this holiday has been observed at least since A.D. 385 in Western Christianity, and some say since A.D. 68. There are often church processions with torches and banners on Ascension Day, and some bring produce to mass to be blessed by priests.

Celebrated at a time when social distancing, wearing protective masks, and the washing and sanitizing of hands have become the order of the day due to the novel coronavirus, the entire BUIB family wishes everyone a safe celebration.