- Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande has spoken about how online learning is something to get used to
- South African universities are set to begin the new academic year in March 2021
- He also addressed the issue about NSFAS students not receiving their laptops on time, saying it will be sorted soon
The Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande has been pushing for online learning. Nzimande insists that blended and multi-modal learning is the future of the South African higher education system.
“I want to assure South Africans that all our universities are fully committed to complete the 2020 academic year by mid-March 2021," said Nzimande.
According to Nzimande, the academic year is set to start in March 2021 with 25 universities opening, one of the universities will open in April.
Nzimande pointed out that there is a number of black students who are struggling with e-learning due to a lack of resources such as devices and internet connectivity. He also addressed the delays in NSFAS students receiving laptops:
"A tender had been approved and the laptops would be provided to students in the new academic year."
He also spoke about how the Covid-19 pandemic would affect the higher education sector for many years to come. Nzimande said that the department had been working with the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the way forward.
He also warned students and academic staff to observe hygiene protocols:
“We do anticipate more cluster outbreaks in more provinces and institutions," he said.
In other education news, Briefly.co.za reported that a woman dedicated her honours thesis to her late grandmother, Dorothy Nyembe. Grandparents are not only loving caregivers but are also an inspiration to many. A young lady by the name of Sibahle Muthwa dedicated her honours thesis to her late grandmother, Dorothy Nyembe.
She shared a powerful image of herself holding her thesis in one hand with her other arm outstretched in a fist. The next image showed the dedication at the beginning of her thesis with an image of her grandmother in a similar pose.
Dorothy Nyembe was a politician and activist during the apartheid era in South Africa. Nyembe unfortunately passed away in 1998 but her memory still lives on in the hearts of many.
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