Following the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) orientation week for remote learning, the feedback received from students is that they are ready to go. UCT will therefore start online teaching as planned on Tuesday, 28 April.
However, there are still delays in the delivery of laptop computers and the settling of agreements on zero-rated data with cellular network providers.
These delays will have a knock-on effect on some students’ ability to join in the teaching term.
Fortunately, since the teaching and learning offerings are asynchronous, there is no risk of students missing anything.
However, these students will require that course conveners are flexible in terms of submissions of work, continual assessments and other matters that may arise.
UCT is aware of concerns about the viability of 8 May as the deadline to effect changes in the curriculum, specifically the dropping of courses. A proposal is being prepared for the Senate Executive Committee to extend that deadline. As soon as this is approved, the new deadline will be communicated.
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