TVET College Classes To Resume With Rotational Timetable After Lockdown

After the President's announcement, we've all been waiting to hear how students will be affected. Now, the Minister of Higher Education has announced that TVET students will return from July using a rotational timetable.

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Some TVET College students will be returning to campuses in July and this will be done on a rotational basis. This was one of the changes the Minister gave following the President's announcements on Sunday night.

With announcing level 4 lockdown being put in place, President Ramaphosa also said:

Contact classes at tertiary institutions will end by Wednesday, the 30th of June, with limited access to the institutions. Residences will however remain open. The Ministers of Basic Education and Higher Education, Science and Innovation will provide further details on these arrangements.

The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, held a briefing on Wednesday afternoon to further outline measures to ensure compliance to the regulations in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in the higher education sector.

The following was then announced by Nzimande and will now be put into place for TVET Colleges:

  • All colleges are closed this week and will be reopening after lockdown.
  • Residences remain open.
  • Remote learning will be used.
  • Exams will be adjusted.
  • Semester 1 and NC(V) students will resume classes on 12 July on a rotational basis
  • Semester 2 registrations are ongoing.
  • Phased in classes will begin on 1 August.
  • A maximum of 33% of staff is allowed at campuses and centres.

As for when colleges will reopening, Nzimande said that the new opening dates will be communicated by Colleges in due course.

The department is working to get zero-rated data for students and staff. While this is being done, the colleges will in the meantime make sure that students receive learning content as not all students can access online learning.

"Our main concern still remains the safety, wellness and protection of our staff and students in all our PSET institutions," the Minister said.

These education institutions will be closed for at least two weeks as Government continues to monitor the Covid-19 situation in the country.

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