DUT suspends contact classes with immediate effect
Durban University of Technology has suspended contact lectures with immediate effect due to students qualifying for online learning.
In a statement, the university management said that the number of students who attend mask-to-mask contact lectures is low in relation to the number of students who are expected to return on campus under level 2 of national lockdown.
“It appears that the majority of students from the 66% cohort, favour the online learning approach rather than attending physical lectures on campus,” said the university management.
Libraries and computer laboratories for students and staff that have no alternative to conduct or engage with in any other way but physically will be opened for use. A WIFI audit was conducted and all the university residences have Wi-Fi however, the strength of the Wi-Fi signal needs to be increased. The landlords of the outsourced residences were informed that should the students face WIFI challenges the university will provide the students with mobile data and deduct from the landlord’s accounts.
In relation to this matter we asked staff and students on how they feel.
A second year Marketing student Samkelo Zuma said that, “We have adapted to the new normal so i am comfortable with the online learning, although sometimes it can have glitches but I am happy.”
First year tutor Ayanda Nyuswa thinks that students are taking a strain because of online learning, network and data issues have been a problem “Some students are really struggling with learning online because they prefer being in contact with their lecture. Moreover I am still learning to master this online learning.”
Anele Ngcobo, third year Homeopathy student said that her thoughts of resuming with contacts classes without interruptions has collapsed.
“I really thought we were going back on campus on level 2 lockdown. Online learning is really challenging and I am not coping,” she said.