GEORGE NEWS - The principal of the Nelson Mandela University George Campus, Dr Kalule Mawila, says the university is ready to welcome new and existing students virtually. She says the George campus is committed to ensuring a smooth transition into the new academic year.
"Plans are underway to virtually welcome over 450 first-year students and over 1 500 returning students on all our online platforms."
At present, she explains, the campus is using a hybrid model (blended learning in which students are given different options for studying) in line with the institutional approach to learning and teaching, where classes will continue online - with the exception of "mask-to-mask" for those whose field of study necessitates physical interaction.
Online registration for prospective students who meet admission requirements and have received a firm offer, opened on 11 January and will run until 1 April, to ensure the process is completed safely from home or remotely.
Online registration for applicants awaiting their final examination results will commence soon after the release of final NSC/IEB/Sacai results on 23 February.
She asks prospective student applicants not to come to campus unless they are given the official written go-ahead by the university.
"The year 2021 is different for so many reasons as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are aware that our first-year entrants are justifiably anxious, as are parents. We wish to assure parents, guardians and the community that we are doing our very best to make the Nelson Mandela George Campus safe. We have rigorous measures in place to ensure safety, health and compliance with the disaster management protocols."
They have stringent protocol for accessing the campus. "We appreciate the continued support of our stakeholders as we ensure campus safety. Our safety is in our hands," says Mawila.
The official welcoming ceremony for first-year students and their parents/guardians on Saturday 6 March will be held virtually; so too the orientation programme running from 8 to 12 March.
Lectures are set to begin on Monday 15 March using a blend of virtual and mask-to-mask learning and teaching, to cater for students with different needs and resources.
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