The University of Stellenbosch professor of Education, Jonathan Jansen has added his voice to calls to have schools reopen schools on a full-time basis.

Jansen says South African learners have lost out to up to 30% of their learning since the announcement of the national lockdown in March of 2020.

Jansen says reopening schools on a non-staggered basis would give learners access to the much-needed face-to-face learning they have lost out on over the past two years.

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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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Researchers at the University of Stellenbosch say they have found high levels of inflammatory micro particles in blood of individuals suffering from long-Covid.

Lead-researcher at the University’s Department of Physiological Science, professor Resia Pretorius say the micro-particles may be behind the persisting long-lasting symptoms of Covid-19, seen in patients recovering from the viral infection.

Pretorius spoke to eNCA this week and said the particles seem to inhibit the natural breakdown of blood-clots in the body.

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