66% of students to return to campus
Higher Education Minister Dr Blade Nzimande delivered new regulations as more students are expected to return to campus.
Nzimande announced that 66% of tertiary students will return to campus during a media briefing on Wednesday in Pretoria.
“I am happy to report that under level 2 of the lockdown, it will be possible for us to allow for up to a maximum of 66% of students to return to university campuses,” said Nzimande.
Nzimande said this will be done in terms of the detailed COVID-19 management plans to ensure student and staff safety.
Under level 2, students that were supposed to return to campus on level 3 but could not due to the maximum required can now return to campus. Students in all years of study that require laboratory and technical equipment will return to campus. All first-year students will also return to campus, he explained.
“All other students will continue to be supported through remote multi-modal teaching learning and assessment until they can return to campus,” he added.
He further stated that some universities have not adequately resumed academic teaching and learning since March.
“Special support measures will be put in place to ensure academic activities resume at an accelerated pace at these universities,” he stated.
Nzimande further stated that universities will complete 2020 academic year end of February 2021. The 2021 academic year will resume ranging from 15 March to 15 April 2021.