Academic year will be saved: Higher Education Department

The Higher Education Department says it will heed the call made by all institutions to save the academic year. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - The 2020 academic year will be saved, according to the Higher Education Department.

The department unveiled plans to gradually phase in learning after the lockdown.

Government has stressed the importance of equipping students for online or distance learning because the future under COVID-19 is an uncertain one.

READ: COVID-19: University students call for class cancellations

Minister Blade Nzimande doesn't want to neglect struggling tertiary institutions.

"The challenges faced by the sector we must not lose sight of the private higher education sector," Nzimande said.

"Simply because they are students, which we also have an interest in. Also, private student accommodation providers are complaining about their sustainability because the students are not there."

READ: Wits goes online from Monday

The department said the National Student Financial Aid Scheme will continue supporting students with funding.

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