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Just in|Mandatory vaccination policy remains on the cards at higher learning institutions

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) stated that they are still in discussions about mandatory vaccination policies for Covid-19.

Despite the fact that some universities have announced their support for the mandatory vaccination policy, public and private Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges are still debating what should be done. Ishmael Mnisi, a spokesperson for the Department of Higher Education and Training, stated, "I am not aware if the government has approved the mandatory vaccination policy for the universities that have (been) announced, but what I do know is that they are still consulting on the matter."

On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the government would “undertake broad consultations on making vaccination mandatory”.

The proposed higher institution mandatory vaccination policy requires all staff to provide acceptable proof of having been vaccinated against Covid-19 as a condition of being able to perform their duties, and all students to provide acceptable proof of having been vaccinated against Covid-19 as a condition of registration.Ntokozo Ngcobo, the campus manager, stated that they had not received any instruction from the department regarding the mandatory vaccination policy.

"We take orders from the department, but nothing has been said as of yet." We will follow the protocols if they instruct us to do so because we do not want our license to be revoked," he said.

IOL contacted a number of public Tvet colleges. They stated that they were unable to respond due to the sensitivity of the situation. Mnisi stated that the public would be informed of the outcome as soon as the consultations were completed.

"We work within the government hierarchy, and the National Coronavirus Council will approve the regulation." Following that, the president will address the cabinet and the country. After that, the ministers will meet with university administrators.

"The policies and practices that will be implemented in the higher levels of government."



Believe students in higher learning institutions are hold enough to make their own decisions and can take care of their health

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Cyril Ramaphosa DHET Department of Higher Education and Training Ishmael Mnisi TVET


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