Stellenbosch University cancels all in-person classes to curb COVID-19

June 14, 2021


It does, however, want to continue with in-person examinations.

Stellenbosch University last week decided to cancel all in-person classes as a result of the deadly third wave of Coronavirus in the country. 

In an email sent out to students and staff, it says that the decision to move classes fully online, as was the case last year when the virus arrived in South Africa, is drastic but necessary. 

The University does still, however, want to carry on with in-person examinations. Classes are ending this Friday with the exam season starting the week thereafter. According to the institution, it has effective measures in place to allow for safe and hygienic examination sessions. 

Students have made it clear that they don’t agree. According to many student leaders and bodies on campus, the decision to cancel classes but to keep exams in the traditional in-person format does not make sense. 

Students have argued that many of them do not feel safe or protected by the measures in place at exam venues. Further to this, the University has closed all on-campus learning areas, like the library and study centers, making it difficult for people to study on campus. 

Since the email was sent out to students last week, petitions have been circulating which aim to force the University to move tests and exams online as well. 

According to the Student Representatives Council, the University is due to get back to them with a response on these concerns early this week.