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Universities remain closed as lockdown eases slightly

South Africa’s Department of Higher Education and Training decided not to resume campus-based activity when Level 4 of the lockdown – which involves a slight easing of lockdown restrictions – commenced on Friday 1 May. However, it agreed there would be a controlled return of final-year clinical training medical students, writes Canny Maphanga for News24.

“We have decided not to resume with campus-based academic activity throughout the sector, including all universities and TVET (technical and vocational education and training) colleges, both public and private, during the Level 4 lockdown period,” Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said at a briefing on Thursday afternoon. “The risk of a return to normal campus-based activity for thousands of students and staff is simply too great, and cannot function successfully outside of the national context of a general lockdown.”

"Our collective efforts during this period remain that of putting appropriate remote learning support systems in place for all our PSET [post-school education and training] institutions, using whatever means available, while preparing our institutional capacities for the eventual return of students and staff once conditions permit such,” he added. From 1 May until South Africa moves to a lower level of lockdown, the department has put in place measures for remote learning.
Full report on the News24 site

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