Minister Blade Nzimande has encouraged adherence to COVID-19 safety regulations as institutions of higher learning are set to start the new academic year.
Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Blade Nzimande took to Twitter on Saturday, 3 April 2021, to share a precautionary post. The post was to emphasise the importance of tertiary students adhering to COVID-19 safety regulations and restrictions. This comes as the new academic year commenced on Tuesday, 6 April 2021.
The delayed start of the academic year for higher institutions of learning is as a result of the two-week extension of the registration period, as previously announced by the department. The aim was to reduce the impact of the delays caused by the protest action by students, the delays in feedback from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), and the resolutions on the settlement of historical debt.
However, it seems that the department is now ready to start the new academic year. So far, there have been no reports of any unrest or violent outbreaks on campuses on the first day of the new academic year.
See the post below.
Minister @DrBladeNzimande appeals for vigilance and adherence to the covid-19 regulations and @HigherHealthSA protocols and guidelines as the 2021 academic year gets underway. @ButiManamela #SaveLives #SaveTheAcademicYear pic.twitter.com/HGjIdU5PXf
— HigherEduTrainingZA (@HigherEduGovZA) April 3, 2021