The University of Cape Town (UCT) has announced guidelines on the completion of the 2020 academic year.
Following consultations with various stakeholders the UCT Executive says it has decided to finish the 2020 academic year using remote teaching.
UCT’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor-Teaching and Learning, Professor Lis Lange said the decision, which implies a change in the academic calendar, has been approved by Senate and Council.
“The country is currently experiencing the predicted peak of COVID-19 infection and we are advised that another peak is likely to occur in August. We will not be able to maintain the necessary social distancing if we return to face-to-face teaching in campus lecture halls and other academic spaces in the fourth term. Nor will we be able to accommodate all students in residence under safe conditions,” said Lange in a statement.
She said the amended calendar is in line with the phased return of students, including those registered in performing arts courses and those needing to undertake practical blocks.
Adding that the phased return will continue, by invitation, for postgraduate research students who need to use on-campus facilities to complete their research projects.