A source from the University Campus Journalists confirmed that one of the PYTP (Practical Year Training Program) University of Ibadan student posted to IITA had tested positive for Covid-19.
This was revealed in the meeting of the Heads of Departments and PYTP Committee members held on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 9 a.m. at the Faculty boardroom.
The meeting chaired by the Dean of Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. O.J Babayemi, saw the postponement of the Practical Year Training Program for 400 level students of the faculty of Agric 2020/2021 session. The reasons for this postponement largely was due to the student who had contracted the virus.
The Dean suggested in the meeting that 400 level students be registered alongside their seniors for 500 level courses.
There were other suggestions though, that the programme should not be cancelled; instead, that the students be tested for the Covid-19 virus like in the NYSC Orientation Camps.
Concluding that the semesters be swapped for the members, the minutes of the meeting reads in part:
After much deliberation on the issue, the faculty anchored its decision on the premise of the university decision during the senate meeting of 22 January 2021 that ‘the’ Academic activities following resumption for the 2020/2021 session should be virtual/online for the first semester and since PYTP Programme will expose those students to the outside world instead of being confined to their individual homes that such programmes should be deferred to second semester
To this end, the faculty decided as follows
The faculty agreed that practical year courses in first semester should be swapped to second semester, meanwhile there are about 10 courses for second semester and as such should be swapped to first semester while we believe that the situation of the country in respect of the virus would be better by that period.
All students should be withdrawn from all their out posting stations to their individual homes.
The PYTP students will be enrolled for the second semester courses during the first semester of 2020/2021session.