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There are rising concerns when it comes to how online learning has become a normal way of teaching due to the Covid-19 pandemic. What impact can this have on children in the long term? Read further for more details.


Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has said that schools will not be closing while the country experiences a third wave. This has not been responded to well with some calling for schools to be closed immediately.


Without in-person orientation programmes and on-campus lectures to aid first-year university entrants in their transition out of high school, some students have found it increasingly difficult to make new friends, remain academically motivated, and completely immerse themselves in the university lifestyle in 2021; whilst those who have had on-campus learning have complained of many other issues, including a lack of support from their institutions.

 


Milpark Education was established in 1997 and one of the first private providers of higher management education in South Africa. Milpark Education is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a Private Higher Education Institution and is one of the leading providers in South Africa. The institution has two teaching campuses in Cape Town and Johannesburg that provides undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications, courses and training to students. In a world that is constantly changing, their aim is to ensure that they continue to support students' learning journey through relevant education solutions that are tailored to the needs of modern society. 


NSFAS is now urging beneficiaries to order their laptops online as they begin the rollout of devices which was promised in early 2020. This is to help students gain access to online learning.


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.


Government is now committing themselves to have all schools in the country have access to WiFi by 2030. They have also been working towards providing support to parents when it comes to learners school uniforms.


Over 100 students who were deregistered by the Walter Sisulu University in the Eastern Cape are accusing the university of "unlawful" exclusion and claim that the university has wasted their 2020 academic year. 


Rosebank College is a brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) which is one of the leading private higher education institutions in the country registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training.  The IIE has more accredited higher education qualifications than any other – currently over 90.


Student Union, the South African Union of Students (SAUS) believes that higher education is in crisis and that the delay of NSFAS laptop deliveries and data, Unisa's latest action and limited access is the cause of it.


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?


We've all been wondering about how far NSFAS is with providing students with laptops and I'm sure many have even given up hope. However, NSFAS is officially one step closer and the laptops are even closer to being delivered.


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.


In today’s word, technology has become an important part of our lives, especially to the millennials. Through the constant change of technology, one of the most powerful impacts it has is that students have the power to customise their learning experience and have a sense of control over their learning and their future.


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.


Studying through a pandemic has been a challenge for students. Some institutions (like Boston!) managed to take their students from classroom to dining room table seamlessly, while others battled to create a virtual classroom. Boston has always relied on technology as an effective learning methodolgy as technology ensures: academic consistency, quality, delivery and validity of all materials and knowledge transfer.


Minister in charge of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, has said that he is unhappy when it comes to the procurement of laptops for students which is being run by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. The Department is now questioning whether the process of procuring laptops for students is still needed.

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