South African universities are using the web to give students a chance to complete the year’s curriculum in preparation for exams in November, the Sunday Times reported.
The University of Cape Town vice-chancellor Max Price said the institution has suspended face-to-face classes and would use “mixed teaching modes”, including the web, to make the planned curriculum available.
Price said this is done under the expectation that students will be able to sit their exams from 7 November.
Critical campus services will remain available to support students as they finish their work and prepare for exams, said Price.
This includes UCT’s campus libraries, study areas, and computer labs, which will remain open to students despite classes being suspended.
Other universities making use of online platforms to ensure the academic year goes ahead include the University of the Western Cape and the University of Pretoria.
However, the University of Pretoria (UP), along and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), said they will continue with lectures.
At UP, strict access control would be enforced, while Wits said police and security staff will be present to protect staff and students who return to class.
The full report is available in the Sunday Times of 16 October 2016.