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One-third of S. African university students to return to campuses under lockdown level 3

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A third of the South African universities students would return to the campuses when the country moves from lockdown level four to three, said Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande on Saturday.

“Under level 3, a maximum of 33 percent of the student population will be allowed to return to campuses, delivery sites and residences on condition that they can be safely accommodated and supported in line with the health and safety protocols as directed by the department,” said Nzimande.

Currently, final-year students in programs requiring clinical training, particularly in medicine, have been returning since mid-May. All other students have to study through digital and other means until they can return.

Nzimande said some of those who will return first include those graduating this year and final year students who require access to laboratories, technical equipment, data, connectivity and access to residence and private accommodation.

Once Level 3 is announced, students will be given a period of two to three weeks from the announcement date to return back to their campuses. Institutions will issue permits to identified students to allow for their travel.

Students will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms at campus entrances.

(XINHUA)