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The Minister in charge of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, has said that work is being done to patch up the holes when it comes to students across South Africa accessing online learning. This includes NSFAS laptops and connectivity issues.


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. 


With the department announcing earlier that they will be opening online schools, Deputy Minister Reginah Mhaule reiterated that they are working hard to improve on e-learning. 


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. 


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?


Unemployed youth are now being offered free online courses and are being encouraged to register as South Africa faces a massive problem when it comes to youth unemployment numbers. This will definitely be a huge step towards enabling young people to fulfil their dreams and career aspirations.


We all used to use a term about 20 -20 vision, seeing with perfect clarity. There is no person who could have foreseen what 2020 would bring to our world, nor could have anticipated the havoc that would reign through our world and the changes that would need to be made. Having always been leaders in adapting to the needs of the student and corporate and industry, Boston City Campus moved seamlessly into a complete digital educational offering for students including application, registration, academic material and even examinations.


Unisa is now launching a campaign called the Unisa Virtual Race so that the University and it's students can keep defining tomorrow. This is being done to raise funds to purchase laptops and data for students who do not have devices to participate in online learning.


Are you a Unisa student and need some help during your examinations? Well, Unisa offers a service to students like you. You can get help during the examinations by contacting the Student Communication Service Centre.


Unisa has received a generous donation and has said that this will be used to secure laptops for students. There are about 150 000 Unisa students who do not have access to laptops and therefore cannot participate in an at home online learning programme.


Covid-19 and the resulting National Lockdown has affected every aspect of the country immensely, but how have students from historically black Universities been affected? Have they been coping? Are they on par with the rest of the higher education sector?


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TVET College students are receiving support during Covid-19.

Today's online course lesson is Engineering Science N3 for NATED Report 191 students.


With the move to online learning, TVET college students have been left behind, as said to the Portfolio Committee. Students have not been provided with resources in the same way University students have. 


A Unisa student has set up a petition asking to be treated as NSFAS students at other Universities are being treated. The petition voices a demand for laptops and an increase in allowances. 


Online learning has many students losing their trust in the Department of Higher Education. Buti Manamela, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, spoke on Radio 702 about the issues affecting the sector right now. 


Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is the last University in Western Cape to start online learning. This comes as all Universities have had an official move to a remote learning approach as of 1 June.


Unisa has started their exams but students have been experiencing glitches and last minute postponements. Unisa's Deputy Dean of Education, Veronica Mckay spoke to Radio 702 on how Unisa handles these issues as well as what further moves Unisa is making. 


Unisa’s May/June examination period has begun. Under lockdown, academics and assessments still continue. Here’s some help with how to complete your exams under lockdown if you’re a Unisa student.


In his last media briefing, Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande addressed students who want to return to campuses as well as parents concerned about students returning. Nzimande is determined to save lives while also saving the 2020 academic year. 

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