Minister Blade Nzimande: Universities can return to 100% attendance

Minister Blade Nzimande: Universities can return to 100% attendance

- Minister Blade Nzimade announced yesterday that SA universities may return to 100% attendance

- The implementation of the return of local and international students will begin today: Thursday, 1 October

- The minister also announced that matric results will only be released in February of next year

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After the recent announcement that the country would move to Level 1, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Blade Nzimande confirmed that South African universities may return to 100% attendance.

Nzimande added that international students may have to spend a quarantine period of 10 days upon arrival to the country. The minister made the announcement yesterday at a media briefing regarding how his department would be affected by Level 1.

The implementation of the return of local and international students starts today, 1 October. All universities are to complete the academic year before March next year and the new academic year will begin from March to April 2021.

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Blade Nzimande: Universities can return to 100% attendance

Blade Nzimande announced at a media briefing that universities can return to 100% attendance. Source: Waldo Swiegers / Bloomberg via Getty Images
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According to a report by TimesLive, the minister said that international students must produce their results from a Covid-19 test showing they are negative. Health and safety protocols must be adhered too. He added that matric results will only be announced in February next year.

EWN reported that Nzimande said that not many of the students who were issued permits during Level 2 were willing to return to university.

Briefly.co.za previously reported on Nzimande when he said the 2020 academic year will be saved but carried over to 2021. Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande briefed the media earlier on his department's readiness for students' phased-in learning. The 2020 academic year will only end early next year due to the Covid-19 virus pandemic.

Nzimande said the most important message is that the country needs multi-disciplinary scientific efforts to defeat the virus. He also says no single scientific discipline can defeat the pandemic. Nzimande added that in the beginning of the pandemic, the Higher Education Department embarked on a process to re-purpose some laboratories to assist in retesting.

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The minister said the 2020 academic year will only be completed in the early part of 2021 and it is likely that the intake of first-year university students in 2021 will commence later than usual.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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