TOMSK, Feb 19 – RIA Tomsk. Tomsk State University (TSU) organized distance learning for 83 of its students who are currently in China and are not able to return to Tomsk due to the closure of the border due to the spread of coronavirus, an employee of the university press service told RIA Tomsk on Wednesday.
It was previously reported that an outbreak of pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus was recorded in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019. At the end of January 2020, the Russian government ordered the closure of the border in the Far East as one of the measures for the non-proliferation of coronavirus, and the Ministry of Education and Science recommended universities to extend their holidays for students who are citizens of the PRC who are in their homeland.
It was also reported that because of the coronavirus, TSU extended the holidays for its Chinese students and master's degrees students for two weeks. According to estimates at the end of January, 122 of them were at home. After returning to Tomsk, it was planned to organize a physical examination for them, as well as conduct additional sanitation of the rooms in the dormitories.
As the press service spokeswoman clarified to the agency, some Chinese students and master's degrees students were able to return to Tomsk, because they had spent their vacations not in China, and had already begun full-time classes.
"(Currently) 83 Chinese students of TSU are in China. The University is doing everything to ensure that prolonging the holidays does not affect the quality of education and academic performance; for students have been organized sets of assignments for individual independent work and distance learning. After the holidays, consultations with teachers are provided", - the interlocutor said.
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She explained that most students who are currently in China have extended vacations until March 2. However, distance learning has already begun: teachers send packages of tasks, and students complete them and send the results for verification.
According to Izvestia, as of February 19, the number of people infected in the world exceeded 59.8 thousand people, 1367 people died. The Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) strengthened sanitary and quarantine control on the entire border of Russia.