Dear Students, Parents, Guardians, Sponsors and Stakeholders
UPDATE: IMPACT OF COVID-19 VIRUS ON THE HIGHER EDUCATION SECTOR
For over 50 days we have been living in a time of national lockdown. These are extraordinary times as all South Africans, and other nations, confront the threat of the Covid-19 virus. The lockdown was extended to 30 April 2020 on Level 5. On 1 May 2020 we moved to lockdown Level 4. There are signals from government that we may soon be easing the lockdown further, but this is not certain.
What we do know is that all sectors of society are required to continue to slow the spread of the virus to save lives and minimise the damage to our society and economy. We recognise that we must provide to you regular information about how the academic year will be completed and we wish to clarify the availability of our communication on the institutional website. Since early in the lockdown, we have communicated weekly with our enrolled students either by email, SMS, WhatsApp or telephone to encourage them to be active in their studies and make use of the online learning system, called myClass, to remotely support their learning through the student portal. Please be assured that you can always access our latest communication in this regard on the institutional websites.
Online Learning Support in myClass
We have been legally compelled to act in the best interests of saving lives while continuing to ensure that we provide high quality education to our students. While on-campus classes remain suspended, we are focused on enabling our students to successfully complete their studies in a timely manner through myClass. We considered the impact of the lockdown on students, including their access to technology, data requirements, their ability to use technology for their learning; and the challenge they face to find quiet study places while at home.
To make best use of the semester time, we have been actively making the study materials, online discussions and live virtual class interactions with our academics available in myClass. We are pleased to inform you that more and more students are accessing their modules online, participating in discussions, and that we see a very large percentage of our enrolled students completing their modules by being active in myClass and actively engaging in the live virtual class timetables. We wish to assure every student, including our parents, guardians and sponsors, that we have spent much time reworking the academic calendar for the 2020 academic year for a range of different scenarios and we are ready to implement the rescheduled calendars for contact classes on campus once we are permitted to do so.