It is always said that the right leader will be known during the time of crisis, as the saying “there comes the hour, comes the man” here is the hour. Not just the leader of countries, big associations, or known companies but also student’s leaders.
For many leaders across the world, “the hour” has now come again, with the Covid-19 outbreak threatening millions of lives across the world unless concerted action is taken.
In the million lives being affected the students are included. As known schools are closed in Rwanda, but education is not closed there are online classes going on. what are student’s leaders doing during lockdown Since they have many different issues that need to be addressed?
Nkurunziza Jackson (UR Guild President of Nyagatare Campus)
Nkurunziza Jackson the UR Guild president Nyagatare campus told The campus reporter how they help the students “ yes it is not an easy thing because now the students are not close in one place or near the campus so what we do is to update our students with the current information and activities in the campus, provide them with the information regarding their assignments, we address their problems to the leaders of the university and help them get the answers to questions they ask themselves mostly regarding the academic year”.
There is no easy route through the crisis. Besides the obvious problem of selecting the correct path to take, these leaders also face the not easy task of reassuring the students and persuading them to follow through on government decisions like taking courses online.
These leaders are expected to act as a bridge between the students and the university as usual but mostly during this crisis to keep them on track. They should rise to the occasion with the appropriate response.
“As student leaders, we help to link the students with university leaders or with the staff members in case of any issue, we update the student with the latest activities and announcements, and we do this by working with the class representatives so they pass the information to the members of their classes,” Moses Mugabo guild president of the university of Kigali told The campus.
Moses Mugabo Guild President of the University of Kigali told The Campus.
These leaders have managed to solve some of the problems the students are facing as they are their representatives, one of the main issues was with those who were supposed to defend their projects during this period.
Mr. Moses goes on to say that “we have managed to solve the problem by talking to the head of departments and asked them to assign new supervisors to our students because some had left when the number of staff members was reduced due to this pandemic. As we all know many institutions reduced their workers to cop up with the financial issues”
It is not an easy task for the student’s leaders to carry out their responsibilities effectively during these times, but it is possible because they swore to work for the best interests of the students. Therefore, university staff is expected to work hand in hand with these student’s leaders to make it easy for their students to continue with their studies by helping them where necessary until the schools get to open.
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