- Wits University is going to refund its students because of the disruptions from the Covid-19 pandemic
- The university is going to reimburse students for their accommodation, school fees, meals and other costs
- South African universities are still trying to find a way around providing an education to students during the Coronavirus
The Covid-19 pandemic caused a number of disruptions for South African university students during the academic year. The University of the Witwatersrand has decided to reimburse its students their tuition money due to the interruptions faced in the course of the year.
Wits University spokesperson Shirona Patel said that students will get a portion of their money back due to the disturbances they faced because of the pandemic. A number of campuses around the country had to close down and students were forced to study remotely this year.
Patel said that the students would receive their money back for accommodation, school tuition and meals.
"In terms of accommodation, a credit of 25% will be implemented for the number of days that a student has not stayed in residence," said Patel.
Even though students did not occupy residences for the majority of the year, the university still had to pay salaries to its maintenance people. Due to this, they could not credit the full amount back to students.
Patel said: "In terms of catered student meals, students will receive a credit equating about 91% of the meal price for each meal not consumed.”
Universities are still finding ways to navigate around education during a pandemic. According to the Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande, the academic year will only be completed in early 2021.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that a power couple received PhDs on the same day in the same faculty. Dr Nompumelelo Shange and Dr Roderick Juba are a power couple and a force to be reckoned with. The couple received their PhD degrees on the same day and both were in the Faculty of AgriSciences at Stellenbosch University.
Dr Juba received his in Conservation Ecology while Dr Shange received her degree in Food Sciences. Dr Shange and Dr Juba are from Inanda and Humansdorp respectively. The couple met in 2010 and started dating in 2016.
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