- The University of Cape Town (UCT) has offered its students a chance to stop courses by Friday, June 5
- The students will then be eligible to receive a full refund for the dropped courses
- UCT hopes the decision will alleviate some of the financial and emotional strain following the lockdown disruptions
The Covid-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown has played havoc with the lives of nearly all South Africans.
Much has been made of the impact on the economy and unemployment, but students have also been forced to readjust.
In light of the disruption, the University of Cape Town (UCT) has offered its students a full rebate should they choose to drop any courses by Friday, June 5.
Deputy vice-chancellor, professor Lis Lange, said the decision was made to free students from the financial burden if they were feeling pressurised.
In a statement, Lange said, “This means that if you are thinking about dropping a course to ensure you have a manageable workload (after consultation with your course convenors) you can make that decision without having to take into account the financial constraints about that decision.”
Tertiary institutions have been advocating the use of online learning, but the reality is that many students are hampered by poor signal connectivity and high data costs.
During lockdown level 3, only a third of the country's students would be allowed to return to campus.
Another third will then be welcomed during level 2 and the final third during level 1.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that more than 100 students from the University of Cape Town have put their hands up to man the Covid-19 hotline.
The call centre is based in the Disaster Management Centre at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town.
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