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Stop e-Learning at the University of Pretoria

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As the students of the University of Pretoria we reject e-learning and demand that the University stop assessing students by ways of online assessments and tests. UP has announced a complete shutdown and instituted classes via the internet, but has failed to address access for the majority of students. We view this approach as unfair and discriminatory, towards students who cannot effectively engage in this mode of learning which will ultimately have detrimental effects towards their academics. To add the University has failed to extensively accommodate those students who do not have access to electronic devices like smartphones and laptops in order to participate in these online academic assessments. It is pivotal to note that even though the university has arranged WiFi hot spots, management has again failed to take into account that students are expected to write semester tests in public spaces where the environment is not conducive for learning and studying. We urge the university management to stop these discriminatory practices that seek to exclude and further perpetuate the marginalization of previously disadvantaged students and take into account the academic needs of all students.

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