- Blade Nzimande has revealed that students who are in university have produced higher marks due to Covid-19
- He credited the method of blended learning and online learning to the improved marks that students have been receiving
- Nzimande said that the department was working on ways to regulate fee increases
Higher Education minister Blade Nzimande is impressed at how university students have been getting better results now than over the past years.
South African universities have had better results since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic according to him.
He said that his department had been monitoring the reasons for the better performances and they found many factors that could have been contributing to this.
Nzimande mentioned that there were plenty of factors but said that the model of blended learning and online learning was the reason. He also added that students who came from poorer communities had struggled to cope with this new method of studying.
He spoke about how the department had been working on ways to battle the higher education fee increases and that universities were looking at ways to give the money back to students who did not stay in student residences for long during the course of lockdown.
"I have written to all university councils with a proposal for a Consumer Price Index-linked fee increase for 2021," he said.
The minister also said that 10 universities would complete the academic year in 2020 and that NSFAS students would be receiving living allowances.
In other education news, Briefly.co.za previously reported that a lady celebrated getting her degree while working on her Honours degree thesis. Young South Africans are becoming increasingly empowered, buying homes, cars, and graduating are becoming an everyday thing. Another young lady has taken to social media to celebrate a stellar achievement - receiving her undergraduate degree.
@Palesa_moloto explained in an exciting Twitter post that her undergraduate Bachelor of Science medical bioscience degree had arrived in the mail while she was preparing to present her thesis for her Honours degree.
"Two days before I present my Honours thesis and my undergraduate degree just arrived," she captioned the inspirational Twitter post.
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