South Africa to examine Covid-19 impact on students, and more news
South Africa will embark on a survey to examine how the Covid-19 epidemic has affected the post-school education system. The survey was announced on 16 June. The Human Sciences Research Council will lead the survey, partnering with the departments of Science and Technology, and Higher Education and Training. Data will be gathered until 30 June and touch on issues like uncertainty, the disruption of the academic calendar by the lockdown, graduations, and employment. A similar survey will examine people aged 18-35 years who are not enrolled in higher education. “While the impact of the virus on the health care and employment sectors are already quite obvious, we do not have a strong picture of how this virus affects young people,” said Blade Nzimande, the minister of higher education and training, in a statement.