New research by the South African Medical Research Council has shown that the Covid-19 pandemic – and its related restrictions – have had a severe negative impact on the mental health of adolescent girls and young women.
According to Dr. Zoe Duby, lead researcher at the University of Cape Town’s School of Public Health and Family Medicine, the restrictions worsened levels of unemployment, poverty, and food insecurity.

Duby says it also led to higher levels of anxiety and depression among participants.

She says there was however a silver lining to be found in all the devastation.

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With many universities to introduce mandatory vaccination policies, some students are expected to be at loggerheads with tertiary institutions, as campuses may be off-limits to unvaccinated students.

The Universities of Stellenbosch, Cape Town and the Free State have already indicated that they are working toward implementing mandatory vaccination policies for the 2022 academic year.

The CEO of Higher Health, professor Ramneek Ahluwalia says access may, for example, be limited to areas where students congregate in large numbers.

Ahluwalia says the main focus would be to shield vulnerable university students and staff from possible infection.

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The University of Cape Town yesterday launched’s Africa and South Africa’s first online High School.

UCT partnered with Cape Town-based education technology company, Valenture Institute to make this platform a reality.

Learners in Grades 8 and 9 will have direct access to 10 subjects while grade 10, 11 and 12 learners will be able to access learning resources in up to 14 subjects.

Valenture Institute CEO, Robert Paddock says the online-school, unlike traditional schooling, allows learners to master subjects and concepts at their own pace.

Paddock says admissions for the UCT Online High School open on 21 July 2021, with classes commencing in January 2022.

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