In the light of COVID-19, Cambridge has scrapped out traditional fact-to-face lecture for the first time in its eight hundred years of history. All scheduled lectures and classes are to be delivered online. The decision has come as a relief to Indian students who were dubious about flying to England in the midst of ongoing lockdown. Besides Cambridge, no university in the world has announced such a move yet.
“Lectures and Michaelmas exams will be virtual whilst it is ‘not yet clear’ how many students will be in Cambridge in 2020-21,” read a newspaper published by the varsity.
A leaked email declared the emergency step that will be followed in adherence to rigid social distancing norms.
“Given that it is likely that social distancing will continue to be required, the university has decided there will be no face-to-face lectures during the next academic year. Lectures will continue to be made available online,” commented Graham Virgo, senior pro-vice chancellor of the University.
Many universities have met with unprecedented pressure to restructure ways of teaching. Many are fighting a tough battle to maintain student attendance and switch to e-classroom. The California State University with its 5 lakh students has also announced commencement of virtual classes for fall, 2020.