TEACHING AND LEARNING DURING EXTENDED LOCKDOWN

13 APRIL 2020

  Due to the announcement made by The President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, that the lockdown will be extended by a further two weeks, it has the following consequences for our learners:
  • Trimester 1: students were due to write Trimester 1 Examinations, from 30 March 2020.  These Examinations have been postponed, the new dates are still to be announced by DHET.  Colleges are scheduled to re-open on 4 May 2020 after the extended lockdown;
  • Semester 1, NC(V) and Occupational Programs: students were due to return from recess on 16 April 2020.  This has been postponed by another two weeks.  The new date anticipated for return of students is 4 May 2020.
  Since the recess commenced on 18 March, we have requested that staff find innovative ways to continue the teaching and learning process.  The majority of our staff are currently offering teaching and learning, by means of online platforms or WhatsApp.   We are not sure when the lockdown ends, whether our campuses will be allowed to open and run academic activities as per normal, because of social distancing.  Therefore, we are continuing with the online learning so that students will not be disadvantaged, on their return.   We await a revised Academic Calendar, for 2020, from DHET.   Lecturers/Facilitators are currently:
  • Preparing learning materials, assessments, revision, examination question papers and memorandums and other activities so that students can learn online with the support of the academic staff.
  Northlink College continues to encourage staff and students to adhere to the national lockdown, to combat the spread of the coronavirus
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