Concerns over e-learning at KZN universities

Concerns over e-learning at KZN universities

There are calls for students at KwaZulu-Natal universities to all be equipped for e-learning or the academic year shouldn't go on.


As some universities across the country prepare to start their remote online learning amid the coronavirus outbreak, KZN university students are concerned with their state of readiness.

Chairperson of student organisation - DASO - at University of Zululand, Sthabelo Ntshangase says UniZulu is one the most disadvantaged institutions - and nowhere close to being ready for online learning.

"All university managers and members of the council should contribute towards the solidarity fund so that we can purchase smart devices and also meet the requirements of data so that all the students can be able to continue with the academic year using online learning."

"We are trying, by all means, to ensure that all other students are not left behind."

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Durban University of Technology's Sandiso Buthelezi says a lot still needs to be done before e-learning can be put into action.

"Some of the students are coming from poor backgrounds. Some students don't have gadgets such as laptops and smartphones. Some of them don't have enough money to buy data, so they can access that platform."

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