Watekini Senitoga, a Bachelor of Commerce student at The University of the South Pacific (USP) Lautoka Campus braved challenges of COVID 19 community transmission and lockdown to complete assessment for his courses in Semester 1 2021.
With a double major in Human Resource Management and Management Public Administration, Watekini was enrolled in 3 management courses in Semester 1, 2021 when Lautoka went on lockdown due to the community spread of COVID 19 cases in the Western Division. Since Watekini was in his village in Bua on Vanua Levu at the time, he had to continue studying from there.
“I don’t have a Tablet or Laptop of my own but I borrowed my cousin’s laptop to continue with my studies”, Watekini said. “It was a challenge but I am glad that I managed to complete my courses” he said. Watekini articulated that he “used to walk up to the mountain top each day and sometimes sit there for 2 to 3 hours accessing my course work, doing online quiz and reading emails because that was the only spot that had Internet connectivity”. He would then go down to the village to complete his assignment before walking up to the mountain top again to submit it.
Watekini is grateful to USP Lautoka Campus for posting him the Offline Print Pack (OPP) for his courses. He found OPP useful in understanding the concepts.
USP Lautoka Campus Director, Dr. Pramila Devi congratulated Watekini for his commitment towards his studies. “Watekini is one of the 8 students who did not have access to electronic devices and were supplied with the Offline Print Packs”, Dr. Devi said.