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Government Delays Laptop Deliveries To Students

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Although most Universities have provided students with laptops, Government has seen delays in the process of procuring these devices. Nzimande discussed this in his briefing and also made other recommendations to improve learning during this time such as resources and connectivity. 

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Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande,  said that 65% of institutions have either completed or are in the process of providing students with devices. However, the remaining laptops have seem some delay due to processes involved in procuring the devices. 

Due to government processes being followed, devices being obtained has been delayed. Devices were initially supposed to be procured by 13 July but is now said to be completed in August. Nzimande says to students, "those who have not received, be patient, you will receive your gadgets" and that they should make use of other modes of learning provided at the moment. 

The Department, along with Universities and TVET Colleges, have worked to start distributing laptops and data to students to make online learning more accessible. They have also launched an initiative which sees them developing high quality connectivity for all Universities and TVET Colleges.

Nzimande's Department's Centre for Science and Industrial Research (CSIR) is working to map where students are who are in areas with poor connectivity. This would be an improvement as many students have said that this issue makes it impossible for them to continue with online learning and delays their academic programme. 

In his briefing, Nzimande also urged education institutions to share their resources and maybe allow students who have no access to their own campus resources to, for example, access a computer lab in another. 

On free data bundles given to students, Nzimande stated, "Some of our students are using the data bundles for private use such as for downloading movies and even disturbing undesirable content" and emphasised that this data must be used for educational purposes and that it will affect students graduating. 

 

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