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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.


The Minister gave updates on where the Higher Education now stands as we moved into Level 2. Over 1000 individuals were said to be affected by Covid-19 in the sector as he also spoke on deaths at Universities and TVET Colleges.


Campus shutdowns due to Covid-19 has had many effects on the students of South Africa. The move to online learning hasn't been a smooth one for a lot of the student body as many say only privileged students can benefit from it, leaving many other students behind. Daily Vox engaged in a conversation with Pearl Pillay from Youth Lab ZA where many insightful things were said. 


A group of students have responded to Nzimande's announcement about N+ appeals and has said that the Department of Higher Education is more concerned with establishing their image to the public than delivering what they have promised to students. These students have also stated that they support the NSFAS N+ rule but demand that changes are made within it. 


On his visit to Umgungundlovu TVET College, the Higher Education Minister said that Dlamini-Zuma helped him quit smoking before through earlier campaigns that were set up and opposed in the same way they are now. 


When higher education students head back to campuses, they will have to screen themselves using the Health Check App daily. Here's what it is, how to get it and how to use it. 


Blade Nzimande said that he has been made aware of students being denied permits at police stations. These permits allow students to travel and return to campuses. 


Learners will return to school tomorrow with 96,7% of all schools ready to accept the pupils and apply by all Covid-19 safety measures.  The Minister of Basic Education has updated the country on the reopening which will see 13% of learners return on Monday (Grade 12 and Grade 7) and gave reassurance that the provinces are ready to receive them.


Here is some information on back to campus travel which will be applicable to all students and staff traveling from other Provinces to return to Colleges and Universities.


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. 


It's no secret that there have been many changes to Higher Education due to the lockdown. This leads to students and student organisations such as South African Union of Students demanding that tuition fees be reduced as well as residence fees.


Dr Randall Carolissen, Administrator for NSFAS, spoke to eNCA on the effect an extension of the academic year into 2021 will have on NSFAS and how NSFAS will go about it. 


Covid-19 has seen many institutions shift to online learning in efforts to finish the 2020 academic year. However, for this to be possible students will need to have access to data and devices. UWC is now making that possible for their students. 


The Minister of Higher Education has confirmed that post-school educations students are to receive free data. This data is to be used for online learning and to access resources so that the 2020 academic year can continue. False Bay College students should therefore register to receive free data.


South African Union of Students (SAUS) responded to Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande’s plans to save the 2020 academic year as they declared ‘SAUS Rejects Two-Tier.They believe that the strategies in place does not cater for all students.


Due to Covid-19, many academic programmes have moved online for students. Government has acknowledged that not all students have access to data and is therefore stepping in to solve this problem.


Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, announced details on plans for TVET Colleges to complete the 2020 academic year. These include changes to be made to the academic calendar. 


The Minister of Higher Education addressed the fate of Universities and what predictions are to be made about the future of Universities due to Covid-19. 

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