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The topic of language policy at the University of South Africa (UNISA) has been widely debated after the Constitutional Court ruled that the Afrikaans language must be reinstated as the medium of instruction at the university. The Civil rights organisation, which fights for the advancement of Afrikaner rights, has called the constitutional court ruling a victory for the Afrikaner nation. 

Some students were left stranded due to their residence being set on fire while other students go hungry, all due to the current looting activities occurring in the country. The South African Union of Students has now spoken out against the violence.

Students in areas affected by looting are fed up and have decided to start cleaning up their communities. Roads were scattered with debris from violence and looting which has been occurring for the past few days.

As we all watch the chaos unfold in parts of South Africa, student residences have reportedly been set alight. The South African Students Congress (SASCO) has addressed this and have made demands.

A study launched by the Human Sciences Research Council revealed that over 65% of students experienced mild to severe psychological distress due to the pandemic and the resulting Lockdown. This was only one of many other shocking and concerning findings of the study.

Students are now taking legal action against the NSFAS N+ rule. They have said that there are thousands of deserving students who qualify for funding who are being rejected due to the rule and that it is being implemented incorrectly.

The Gauteng High Court recently ruled that the decision to limit first-time entrants into Unisa, taken by the university and Minister of Higher Education Science and Technology Blade Nzimande, should be set aside. The university has now said it will study this judgement given by the court. 

It's now been brought to light that NSFAS has not updated prospective beneficiaries' application status. The Department of Higher Education has now explained what is happening behind the scenes at NSFAS and given insight into why funding decisions have not been made.

South Africa's Former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, has given her response to Unisa accepting fewer students in 2021. She is now calling for government to reverse this decision. Minister Nzimande spoke more on his decision during a briefing on Monday.

Students have made #BladeMustFall trend on social media as they beg the Higher Education Minister to do more in supporting students. Calls have also come for NSFAS to be more efficient.

Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Dr Blade Nzimande briefed the media on the reopening of universities and completion of the 2020 academic year. 

Applicants interested in applying for a place in Nelson Mandela University's new MBChB degree can do so now as applications have officially opened. The first intake for the programme is set to enrol in March.

Universities are now waiting for final instructions from the Department of Higher Education on how exactly the 2021 academic year will run. Due to the pandemic, many Universities had to switch to an online learning programme with some Universities indicating that this will continue for 2021. 

The 2020 academic year was difficult for university students as they had to adapt to online learning from home as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown. Here's what first year students can expect from this academic year. 

All students in South Africa as well as the world had the opportunity to share in the feelings of chaos the 2020 academic year presented. Which forms of support has the Department provided for varsity students to complete the academic year?

Members of parliament are unhappy with the Minister responsible for Higher Education, Blade Nzimande as he has repeatedly failed to attended the portfolio committee to discuss saving the 2020 academic year at tertiary institutions and to answer the MPs other questions. Now they are talking about issuing a subpoena for him if he won't attend the meeting.

Minister in charge of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande and his Department, has released a statement in response to the memorandum of demands the South African Students Congress (SASCO) handed over to Parliament on TVET Colleges. 

Final exams are coming up for Higher Education students and with Level 1, students will be heading to campuses to write. With Covid still around us, how will these exams be carried out? Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia from Higher Health gave us a look inside the Department's plans.

The Department of Higher Education released the national framework for tuition and accommodation fees for the 2020 academic year. This will now give us guidance on what will be done about student fees now that a whole pandemic has been added to the equation.

Covid has caused many delays in South Africa's education system. One way it has done this is that Matrics will not receive their outcomes from Universities they've applied to later than usual.