The matric class of 2020 should not panic, universities will be opening way after the National Senior Certificate results are released, said Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Blade Ndzimande.

Briefing the media in Pretoria on his department’s plans for the reopening of higher education institutions under level 3 of the country’s lockdown, Nzimande said all higher education institutions were following different academic plans.

Ndzimande said Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institution students would return in a staggered manner as from January 25, with the last group going back on February 15.

Ndzimande highlighted that at least 10 tertiary institutions have completed all teaching and learning activities, including the exam in 2020, but were just finalising special exams and in two cases, some practical assessments, to finalise all aspects.

Some16 institutions were still completing the academic year. “This year we are dealing with two academic years in one year; the completion of 2020 and start of 2021,” he said. He said at some institutions, assessments and practicals were still being completed in some programmes, while in other courses supplementary examinations were underway.

“Do not panic, university enrolments for 2021 first-year students will open from as early as March to mid-April. Universities will be open to give a chance to first-year students. The timetable will be communicated as not all timetables are the same,” said Ndzimande. #ladi_jaja?

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