By: Kaya 959 News
The University of the Witwatersrand has kickstarted its 2021 academic year with over 35,000 students registered to study this year.
The institution of higher learning says most of the learning in the first semester will take place online.
“We wish students all the best for the 2021 academic year. We have invested in a new learning management system, and ensured that students have access to data and devices, so that learning and teaching can continue, despite the hindrance of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Shirona Patel, Wits spokesperson.
According to the University’s website, there is a fraction of the students returning to the campus.
“We are allowing selected groups of students to return to residences. We are prioritising first year students, students who have been invited to return by the Faculties, and those students who are unable to study at home due to particularly difficult environments. All COVID-19 protocols will be strictly observed, and there will be no sharing of facilities or large gatherings, etc,” said Jerome September, Dean of Student Affairs.
The university says it has put measures in place to deal with any potential disruptions.
This comes after there were demonstrations on campus last week with the Student Representative Council protesting against the alleged financial exclusion of students. The SRC wants the university to allow students to register and sort out their debt while studying.
Patel says the institution is committed to finding a sustainable solution to the debt issues.