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Local universities cut down on in-person classes amid Covid-19 spike

Three local universities have moved to reduce the number of in-person classes amid a spike in Covid-19 cases here.

The National University of Singapore said online lessons are encouraged, while face-to-face classes will continue within national safe management guidelines, while Nanyang Technological University (NTU) sent out a circular to notify its students that classes would mostly shift online from Monday until Oct 22.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) said that since yesterday, lectures, seminars and tutorials are being conducted online, with students returning only for practical and laboratory lessons.

At the Singapore Management University (SMU) and the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), classes had already been mostly held online before the current spike in cases.

On Sept 9, SMU sent out a circular saying all undergraduate classes would be online until Oct 10.

SUSS told ST: "For the remaining physical classes which cannot be shifted online, we will adhere to the national safe management measure guidelines and consider postponing them, if further tightening takes place."

The Singapore University of Technology and Design said lessons for first-year students will continue to be in-person, while the rest of its lessons will move online.

This comes after the Ministry of Education announced that all Primary 1 to Primary 5 pupils would be placed on home-based learning from Monday to Oct 7 amid a spike in virus cases.

The universities added that other Covid-19 measures, such as the reduction in group sizes from five people to two, would be in place on their campuses.

SIT added that all student development programmes, physical training and activities on campus will be held online until Oct 24, while the NTU circular said all co-curricular activities must comply with national guidelines.

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