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  • UCT students will get a 100% fee rebate on courses that are officially stopped by Friday, June 5.
  • Many students across South Africa are struggling with distance learning during the coronavirus crisis.
  • The fee rebate may ease the workload of those struggling to keep up - but they would have to complete the course at a later date to get their degree.
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As many struggle to keep up with distance learning due to Covid-19 crisis, the University of Cape Town (UCT) has offered its students their money back on courses that they formally drop before the end of the week.

The university’s council took a decision to give students a 100% fee rebate on courses that are officially stopped by Friday, June 5.

“This means that if you are thinking about dropping a course to ensure you have a manageable workload (after consultation with your course convenors) you can make that decision without having to take into account the financial constraints about that decision,” professor Lis Lange, deputy vice-chancellor said in a statement on Tuesday.

While students would still have to complete the dropped courses later to receive their degrees, the fee rebate could help ease the financial pressure of those struggling under the current circumstances.

Many students – especially those in rural areas – have faced challenges in continuing with their work, given patchy internet and high data costs. Currently, in Alert Level 3, only a third of students are allowed back on campuses across the country.

Under Level 2, another third of students will be allowed back, but only at Level 1 will all students be allowed to return to campuses and in residences, in terms of a current government roadmap.

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