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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. 


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. 


How much catch up will students with a lack of resources have to do and will they be able to catch up and finish in time? Also, what level will rushed education give them? South Africa's National Lockdown has drastically changed the face of education, with many South African students on the suffering end due to lack of resources. 


Now that South Africa stands at Level 1 of Lockdown and we can taste the return to some version of "normal" on the tips of our tongues, one has to ask the question: So what will happen at Universities once lockdown is over or even the now? Will contact classes still happen?


Covid-19 has completely unsettled everything we knew before. Matrics will now have to wait until April to start University. This virus has also taken away many lives and has affected students and staff in the Higher Education sector greatly with thousands infected and some deaths as well.


The South African Union of Students is speaking up against the two-tier education system that has come as a result of the Department's handling of Covid-19. Many differences were seen in how institutions were able to handle the move to online learning as some students have still not been provided with learning materials, data and devices to make online learning possible.


Trying to decide where to study further? Western Cape has various Universities which offers a high quality education as well as many resources to assist students on their academic, and even social, journey. Here is a list of the Universities in the Western Cape. 


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.


The current pandemic and lockdown has forced all Universities to close their doors. This means that their libraries are closed as well. However, students can still access electronic resources using online library services Universities provide. 

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