The University of Cape Town (UCT) has offered their students their money back on courses that they formally drop before the end of the workday on Friday.
Many students, especially those in rural areas, have faced numerous challenges in continuing with their work with unstable internet and high data costs. It is, for this reason, the university’s council took a decision to offer students a 100% fee rebate.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Lis Lange said in a statement on Tuesday, “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,”
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.
Currently, during 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.