The University of Cape Town (UCT) recently announced in a statement that it would soon be providing data for free to its students for online learning.
In addition to the data, UCT is also in the process of establishing a system to distribute printed learning materials and USB drives for students who cannot access the internet at all.
“Each student will receive 30 to 40GB depending on their network provider, valid for 30 days, during the course of this week. The first batch of students started getting their data on Monday,” UCT said in its statement.
The university also said it had been providing “unusual levels of support” to students during the pandemic which included transportation when residences were vacated and closed before the lockdown, laptops on loan to students as well as an online orientation programme for emergency remote learning.
MTN, Vodacom, Cell C and Telkom have also agreed to zero-rate access to certain UCT sites such as the UCT primary website; library website; Open UCT; the Vula student platform; Opencast lecture streaming; and web authentication ADFS [any URL that contains adfs.uct.ac.za].
Vice-chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng said the university is making every possible effort to complete the academic year successfully despite the crisis. Phakeng said that this shift in learning has involved an incredible level of commitment by academics, tutors, faculty members, professional and support staff across UCT.
“In a very short time, they have adapted lesson plans to ensure that class materials and lectures are available to students during the lockdown,” Phakeng said. “The plan makes full use of the university’s investments in technology, infrastructure and expertise developed over the past few years – all part of UCT’s long-term plan to create the best possible teaching and learning environment.”
Phakeng said ensuring every student completing the academic year successfully was UCT’s primary focus. Read more on the latest COVID-19 news, right here.