A proposal has been brought forward by the Department of Higher Education to not have tuition and residence fees increase in 2021. They are also of the opinion that the academic year is most definitely going to run into 2021 for both Universities and TVET Colleges.
Should all students return to campuses in September, the 2020 academic year will end in April 2021, said the deputy director-general in the Department of Higher Education, Diane Parker during a briefing with the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education. This is however seen as the worst case scenario.
Parker also stated, "We are making a proposal for a national framework which is being discussed with Usaf and the private housing associations to ensure that we can find a way to deal with some of the financial pressure linked to the process."
During this briefing, it was revealed that Student Representative Councils (SRCs) at three Universities were not receiving proper information from the institutions on the phased reopening of campuses. Two Universities, Walter Sisulu University and University of Fort Hare have not started allowing students back on campus yet and students have also not received travel permits.
Other inconsistencies that were mentioned were that students from University of Fort Hare, Unisa and Cape Peninsula University of Technology have not received laptops and students from Mangosuthu University of Technology and University of Mpumalanga were not given data to access online learning.