COVID-19: University extends mid-semester break

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The Fiji National University (FNU) has extended its mid-semester break for all its students by an additional week from Friday, April 3 to Monday, April 13, 2020.

The decision was made today during the Senior Management Group (SMG) meeting.

In a statement issued today, acting vice-chancellor Professor James Pounder said in light of the global impact of COVID-19 and in line with efforts by the Government to contain unnecessary spread in Fiji, the university is following a similar precautionary approach.

“We have seen globally the devastation COVID-19 can have on the population and it’s heartbreaking to see so many innocent lives lost,” said Prof Pounder.

“The Fiji National University is totally behind the efforts of the Fijian Government and relevant authorities to ensure that this virus is contained and there are no more cases that are recorded in the country.

“Keeping this in mind and to safeguard our students, staff, and everyone in society, FNU will extend its mid-semester break till the Easter Holidays,” he added.

The break applies to all students studying in the semester, trimester, penster and quarter modes.

Students have been advised that all colleges were working on updating their Moodle course sites with online content and activities for students.

Meanwhile, FNU campuses and centres remain closed with essential staff remain on campus to look after residential students.

FNU staff have since last Monday (23 March) been advised to work from home and this will also continue until the Easter break.

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