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ULK TO KEEP PROVIDING FOR EMPLOYEES AS THE DEADLY COVID-19 SCARES THE GLOBE

Prof. Dr RWIGAMBA Balinda, Founder and President of ULK

Following the decision by the Cabinet Meeting that schools in Rwanda will reopen in September 2020, Kigali Independent University ULK convened a meeting in which heads of units were briefed on the mechanisms towards sustaining the welfare of employees during this closure period.

As underscored by Prof. Dr. RWIGAMBA Balinda, the Founder and President of ULK, all employees with no exception will continue to earn some amount of money on a monthly basis after penning a special contract stipulating salary deduction modalities.

“I’d like to let you know that no single employee will be sacked or suspended. Instead, we’re going to share the savings made over the last period of time so as to see how we can all overcome the overarching effects of COVID-19”, he told the participants.

He added that supporting workers earning less than one hundred fifty thousand Rwandan francs (150,000Frw) will not be affected by the expected salary deduction which will extend over five months. Those under deduction scheme are administrative staff, lecturers and officials of the university.

Employees welcomed with both hands the good news that they will not be laid off during this difficult period. To this, they wholeheartedly thanked the Founder and President with his family and they pledged to continue working hard for the betterment of ULK.

Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel, Vice Chancellor of ULK

In his remarks, Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel, the Vice Chancellor of ULK, commended the spirit of humanity showcased by the Founder and President of ULK, Prof. Dr. RWIGAMBA Balinda. He went further to reiterate that ICT is the backbone of any human realization in today’s era.

“This pandemic caught the world unaware. This therefore calls for comprehensive measures meant to sustain and scale up activities with no shortcoming registered.  Hence Information Technology remains a reliable tool to be used by both lecturers and learners. That’s why everybody should make it a priority. Like in our case here at ULK the necessary infrastructure such as ULK E-learning Platform, Digital Library, IT Team, have been availed”, said the Vice Chancellor. He kept on urging all learners to earnestly follow their facilitators via the ULK E-learning Platform.

Dr. KARAMBIZI Sylvestre, the Principal of ULK Polytechnic Institute

The Principal of ULK Polytechnic Institute (UPI) Dr. KARAMBIZI Sylvestre appealed to lecturers to continue assisting learners by creating a conducive e-learning environment to enable learners to remain on track.

ULK has set a pace in the area of e-learning geared towards facilitating learners during this off-school period.

During the event, some minutes were set aside to throw some light on the ongoing e-learning support rendered to learners in their respective homes. The lecturers and IT Team statistically showed how this mode of supporting is massively attended. This vindicates how learners are interested in the system. However not all is a bed of roses: all of them do not have facilities such as laptops, smart-phones, internet bundles, and the like.

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