The Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities (CRUP) defended today that teaching and assessment activities should continue in person, expressing availability to “adjust measures” according to what “may require” the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The universities that are part of the CRUP consider that the risk of contagion by Covid-19 in their academic communities can be considered controlled, due to the containment measures they took throughout 2020 and the way they managed to make face-to-face and security work compatible”, CRUP affirms today, with the prospect of a new general confinement.
In a statement, the board of deans states that the “level of risk and degree of preparedness” of Portuguese higher education institutions has “proved to be fundamentally different” from those registered in other sectors of activity, defending the continuity of teaching activities.
“CRUP believes that teaching and evaluative activity should continue for now,” says the statement, which underlines “the way institutions have been combating and dealing with pandemic risk”.
At the same time, CRUP stresses the need to maintain face-to-face assessments, especially “at this time of the year”, when face-to-face teaching is residual and students are “entering the assessment period”.
“This is a critical phase of his academic career, but in which the risk of contagion is by no means greater,” they defend.
CRUP ensures that it will continue to follow the evolution of the pandemic situation closely and that it “expresses its total willingness to adjust the measures it recommends according to what the situation may require”.
In Portugal, 8,080 people died from 496,552 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
The state of emergency enacted on November 9 to combat the pandemic was renewed with effect from 00:00 on January 8, until the 15th.
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