China’s Ministry of Education (MOE) has required colleges and universities nationwide to offer online teaching and learning resources following the postponement of school semesters. Wuhan dormitories become makeshift quarantine centers.

Wuhan dormitories are turned into quarantine centers

There were online notifications and pictures showing Wuhan college dormitories being turned into makeshift quarantine centers.

Wuhan government posted an official notification on Weibo about using some college dormitories as quarantine centers on Feb 8.

Hanjiang University’s Weibo post provided an update on Feb 10 to assure the students about securing their personal items.

But the reality is that the students’ personal items were thrown away in a rush.

The students were quite upset after seeing their personal stuff being trashed as shown in these pictures.

Government mandates online learning for colleges and universities

According to a set of guidelines recently issued by the MOE, colleges, and universities should make full use of all kinds of quality open online courses and laboratory resource platforms to organize online education activities.

Efforts should be made to make sure that online learning can be as efficient as learning in the classroom, said the guidelines.

Official data showed that as of Feb 2, 22 online course platforms had opened more than 24,000 free courses covering 12 undergraduate disciplines and 18 majors of technical and vocational education.

The MOE in late January announced the postponement of the 2020 spring semester for schools amid the novel coronavirus outbreak but did not specify the opening dates of colleges and universities under the ministry.