Parliament, Friday, 17 April 2020 - The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology will on Tuesday, 21 April 2020 hold a virtual meeting to assess the impact of the lockdown on the higher education sector.
The committee will receive a briefing from the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr Blade Nzimande on plans of the Department, universities and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges to rescue the 2020 academic year.
The briefing will cover various options available to universities & TVET Colleges, options like online learning and teaching, what is to be done with mid-term examinations, impact of the lockdown on National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) qualifying students, as well as the matter if students who are still accommodated at universities residences.
The Minister will also brief the committee on how science research institutes, under the Department of Science and Innovation are helping in curbing the spread of Covid-19 through their various research work.
"It is important that as a country we do everything in our power to save the 2020 academic year in the Post School Education and Training sector. The future of our country is dependent on the continuous production of graduates from this sector for the economy and for all other sectors in our society,” said the Chairperson of the committee, Mr Philly Mapulane.
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