In a communication to undergraduate students in the faculties of Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Humanities, Law and Science (students in the Faculty of Health Sciences will be contacted separately), Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning Associate Professor Lis Lange outlined the plans for teaching in the second term.
In order to deliver the academic content planned for this year, teaching and learning will be moved online for between three and five months. The Teaching Online Task Team has been established to coordinate online teaching resources, and a survey will be emailed to students to gain insight into their circumstances and readiness for online learning.
Arrangements are being made by UCT, Universities South Africa (USAf) and service providers for zero-rated mobile data to specific UCT online resources, to keep the costs of remote learning as low as possible.
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a global pandemic that caused President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare a national disaster in South Africa on 15 March. This was followed by the implementation of a national lockdown, which has been in effect since midnight on 26 March and is currently scheduled until 16 April. The intention of this drastic measure is to “flatten the curve” and contain the spread of the coronavirus to enable healthcare workers to more effectively treat those affected.
UCT is taking the threat of infection in our university community extremely seriously, and this page will be updated regularly with the latest COVID-19 information.
In an email to the UCT community, Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng said:
“COVID-19, caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, is a rapidly changing epidemic. [...] Information [...] will be updated as and when new information becomes available.”
We are continuing to monitor the situation and we will be updating the UCT community regularly – as and when there are further updates. If you are concerned or need more information, students can contact the Student Wellness Service on 021 650 5620 or 021 650 1271 (after hours), while staff can contact 021 650 5685.