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TUT Classes resume after two-weeks of protests

TUT resumes classes following protests

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Following the protests at the Tshwane University of Technology, students took the initiative to try to speak to the Deputy Vice Chancellor at the main campus in Pretoria West on the 20th February 2019.

In spite of the Administration Building being flooded by security officers to secure the building, students did not back down from raising their concerns and demands of :

  • Students receiving the same amount of financial aid from NSFAS, regardless of being a first-time student or a senior student.
  • Same amount of stationery/book fees.
  • Accommodation with meal fees.
  • For the University to reconsider previous student debt which constricts students from registering this year.

Student’s plea is for their Deputy Vice Chancellor to help them address such issues with the Minister of Education to intervene so that NSFAS can allocate the necessary financial aid for the students.

Although some classes have resumed, students are in dismay and scared on what will become of their future since time has been lost due to the two-week protest.

Students expect changes, and are not willing to back down until their demands to be met.

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Ensuring compatibility of higher education qualifications in the 4IR era

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In an era where the standard between basic education systems and higher education and training systems are worlds apart. With 30% being good enough to get you a National Senior Certificate, while standards at a tertiary level requires 80%.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, introduces technological advances which are bound to have an impact on every institution within the country.

At the University South Africa’s recent national higher education conference session titled Imagining the exponential and entrepreneurial university of the 21st century, 4IR was at the center of discussions with Prof Bavesh Kana asking “We have all this technological advancement but we still have a lot of human suffering.”

“Is the technology where it needs to be?” he asked.

Taking that the unemployment rate is at its highest reaching an all time high of 58.20 percent in the third quarter of 2019. With a lot of graduates still unemployed.

With the 4IR and looking at our current education system one can not help but ask, How can graduates use their acquired qualifications to ensure that they compatible with the technological revolution?

With those already in school and those about to enter tertiary, what is done to ensure that the cycle of unemployment is broken, is the curriculum altered to accommodate the 4IR and are higher education institutions offering courses which are still of value enough to ensure security for graduates and lastly how are we preparing our institutions’ curriculum to be able to compete at a global scale.

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SA to witness a rare event when Mercury transits the Sun

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The African continent can gear up to witness one of the greatest events in science. For the first time since 9 May 2016, Africans will be able to watch Mercury transit the Sun on Monday, 11 November at 14:35 Central Africa Time (CAT).

Get your telescopes ready to witness a rare event when Mercury transits the Sun on this afternoon.

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) will host a viewing event which will short talk on this astronomical phenomenon.” The transit will be observable from anywhere in Africa by projecting the image of the Sun through a small telescope”

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Students hit the RUNWAY for the title of MR and MRS City Waldorf

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MR and MRS City Waldorf Pageant IMAGE: Ndumiso Ngwenya

From gracing the runway with talent to putting a cultural spin on glam. The ladies and gentlemen of City Waldorf took it to the Runway for the crown of MR and MRS City Waldorf.

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