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The University of South Africa says its concerned about the reputational damage caused by those who question the authenticity of its qualifications. Unisa is the biggest distance learning institution in South Africa with a solid history of academic excellence.  

The University of Cape Town recently released a statement that its council approved, in principle, a compulsory vaccination policy. The institution becomes the first university to move towards instructed vaccination in order to access its campuses.  

Unisa is the biggest distance learning university in South Africa, whose qualifications at certificate, undergraduate and post-graduate levels are held by millions of South Africans and graduates from outside the country boarders. In recent times, the credibility of its qualifications have been a topical issue. 

While other higher learning institutions remain unclear about their position on whether vaccination of students and staff is a personal choice, UCT has taken a step forward. 

A ministerial report highlighting problems at distance learning institution, Unisa, has landed in the hands of Higher Higher Education Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande. The minister has since said that he is studying the report and  will respond in due course.



For months, Unisa students have complained that the University has not issued their certificates, resulting in their plans for employment being put on hold. Unisa said they had already started issuing the certificates at regional centres but suspended the action due to the challenges brought by the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

As a prospective university student for the 2022 academic year, chances are, you're looking for assistance in funding your studies. Fortunately for you, ISFAP bursary applications are still open, keep reading to find out more about how to apply. 


Students at the University of the Free State may have to present vaccination certificates to access campuses next year. This comes as the institution is looking to return students to campus in a way that will prioritize safety and minimise the risk of Covid-19 infections.

If you're wondering whether or not you'll have to pay you ISFAP bursary back after graduating, the answer is right here.

Students at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University in Pretoria marched to the National Department of Health on Monday. They are calling on the government to give them jobs after graduation. 


Mid-April was a tough month for the University of Cape Town (UCT) as the institution found itself engulfed in flames when a fire blazed through the slopes of table mountain. The Jagger Library was among the University's worst affected buildings by the fire.



The Higher Education Minister has said that he doesn't have anything against Afrikaans as a language. This comes as the Minister expressed his dismay with the way it is being used as a means of exclusion towards non-Afrikaans speakers in the higher-education sector.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has called out the DA and accused the party of using Afrikaans to fight its own political agenda. This comes after the party laid a complaint against Nzimande for defining Afrikaans as a 'foreign language'

Unisa wants to phase out Afrikaans as a language of teaching and learning and the Constitutional Court is set to make a  decision on the matter today. But is revising the university's language policy unconstitutional? 

Suspended ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule's foundation has been unresponsive as the government seeks to help students the foundation sponsored to study in Turkey. The students who have been in Turkey on a study grant since 2017 were evicted from the Bogazici student residence after the foundation failed to pay rent.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a considerably dire impact on the functioning of the Higher Education sector. As a result, many of the universities across the country had to adopt online learning, despite much of the country's households having no access to internet connectivity.

A recent study titled 'Teenage Pregnancy In South Africa With A Specific Focus On School-Going Learners' has found that social conditions and environment influence teen fertility rates. 

NSFAS has received an unqualified audit opinion with findings from the Auditor General of South Africa. The NSFAS Chairperson also spoke on the audit as well as what it meant for NSFAS 2022 funding.

Teacher's union NAPTOSA  has expressed has its concerns regarding the impact of Unemployment on the Education Sector. The Careers Portal caught up with the union's Executive Director, Basil Manuel to get more insight on the extent of this issue.

Teacher's union, NAPTOSA, has expressed its concerns regarding the recently published unemployment stats for the second quarter of 2021. These include the rise in unemployment among the youth, women and the current dropout rate in schools.