Announcements

URGENT MESSAGE ALL STUDENTS FROM THE PRINCIPAL - 18 May 2020

Dear Students

This has been the most difficult time for you, your leadership (SRC), parents and guardians. Equally so to all of us at Grootfontein.

 A recovery plan has been developed approved by college management. 

 The fact that this lockdown does not seem to be over anytime soon and the following are issues under consideration:

  1. Data for students will be procured using student association fund.
  1. Laptops for those who do not have will be procured and they will be GADI assets. Students will access them in the form of loan for a prescribed period. Terms and conditions will be determined. NB!! This is subject to the approval of the Department CFO.
  1. Processes to get GADI ready for going back to operation in a gradual manner are under way.  The first meeting on how to use infra-red non-contact thermometers took place yesterday morning and followed by another one on Wednesday last week with the Department of Health officials.
  1. HoDs are assisting in getting a sense on how ready and able are lecturers to implement the online teaching. That will involve simplification of learning material so that it can be user-friendly to students.
  1. Assignment submission due dates will be reviewed to ensure that those under-resourced are not left out. Those who are done doing them and comfortable to submit are encouraged to do so. 
  1. The recovery plan proposes that Third year Students be the first to come back to continue with their Work Integrated Learning (WIL or mini farms. This is submitted to the Department of Higher Education for approval and gazetting if approved. We are exhausting other avenues should this fail.
  1. Students who feel that they, given their susceptible or vulnerable conditions, will not be able to continue with their studies this year will be afforded an opportunity to withdraw their studies without being penalised or paying the tuition which has been paid for this year. They will be allowed to come back next year if the corona virus is under control.

Thank you students for your understanding during this challenging time and I will to appeal for your patience as most decisions are only dependent on us as a college but in higher offices. 

Thank you for your commitment in ensuring that quality Grootfontein is known of is not compromised despite the Covid 19 challenge.  

Keep safe

 

TP Cebani

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URGENT MESSAGE ALL STUDENTS FROM THE PRINCIPAL - 5 May 2020

Good day Students

I hope you are safe from this Corona Virus.

 In trying to provide proper feedback and continuous improvement, may I get a sense of:

  1. Whether your phone enables you to access student portal;
  2. Does your phone have a camera?
  3. Do you have someone in your household who has a phone that can assist you to access student portal;
  4. Do you have a laptop;
  5. Did you submit the previous assignments?

Kindly provide this information by responding to this message.  You can reply to the email send to you. Or reply to the sms send to all.

Please send your response on or before Wednesday the 6 May 2020.

 Regards

 TP Cebani

MESSAGE TO ALL STUDENTS FROM THE DIRECTOR AND PRINCIPAL_24 April 2020
NO CLASSES WILL COMMENCE ON THE 4TH OF MAY. 
 
MESSAGE BELOW IS A COMBINED MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR AND PRINCIPAL.
Full message with more details were emailed to all students.
What we now know is that government services will restart at Level 2 of the risk system as announced. We hope that we will get more clarity on that during the next week and also on the Level that our district will be classified. The College is working on different options that will enable us to finish the academic year. A recovery plan will be determined by such classification of our service.

Data access
Discussions are at an advanced stage between DALRRD (DAFF) and DHET for Colleges of Agriculture to benefit from zero-rated data costs to access certain sites at no cost. In the meantime let us try to ensure that we submit using means at our disposal to ensure that we save 2020 academic year.
 
Conclusion
 
This lockdown is a national call by the President. There is nothing we as management can do contrary to such call.
These are abnormal times and all of us must be out of our comfort zones to ensure that we save the year. If it means let us spend the last cent to get data to submit assignment, that must be done.
 

MESSAGE TO ALL STUDENTS FROM THE PRINCIPAL_15 April 2020
  • New date for the classes to begin is 4 May. This date will only change if the lockdown is extended by the President.
  • It will be confirmed after College classes have resumed, but there will probably be NO holiday break between end of Semester 1 and the start of Semester 2 of 2020. In short. No June/July holiday.
  • Students need to adhere doing tasks while at home. If you cannot upload it on the portal, extension with a limited time frame will be given in the week when the College re-open to upload. Make sure you give attention to it now while at home. Do not leave everything for until you are back at the College.
  • There will be NO extension for submission of tasks and or any work that was supposed to be uploaded or handed in before the classes were suspended in March. No excuses for these tasks not to be submitted.
  • The examination time table will be made shorter to ± 11 days. Some students who repeat subjects will most probably write two examinations on one day, but it will not be during the same time frame.  One will be in the morning and one in the afternoon. New Test and Exam time table will be made available when the College classes commence. This can only be confirmed after the new classes time table is compiled to see what fit where.
  • SBM 111 and NUT 231 will still be written in the first week when you return to the College. Dates for these tests will be sms to all beginning next week.

Please remain compliant to hygiene and safety measures during this lockdown period.

We will send you communication on what will be done when you come back to ensure that anyone who might be a carrier does not pose a risk to others.

Kind regards

TP Cebani – Principal

MESSAGE TO ALL STUDENTS FROM THE PRINCIPAL_24 March 2020

All Students

Following the announcement of the national lockdown by the President from 26 March – 16 April 2020, the new date for students to return to classes will be from 20 April.

Please make sure that during this time away from College you still give attention to your academics.

Most likely tests will commence from 21 April on.  First tests to be written will be SBM 111 and NUT 231 that were not written due to earlier closure of the College.

The time table for the first week will be made available on the portal on 7 April.

New test and Exam time table will be circulated as soon as the College classes commence.  Take note that due the closure that shorten the semester, it may come to two examinations written on the same day.  Most likely one year group in the morning and the other year group in the afternoon.

Please remain compliant to hygiene and safety measures during this lockdown period.

We will send you communication on what will be done when you come back to ensure that anyone who might be a carrier does not pose a risk to others.

Kind regards

TP Cebani – Principal

MESSAGE TO ALL STUDENTS FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Students

As we are all aware of the corona virus epidemic, Grootfontein College management wishes to re-affirm commitment to ensure safe and healthy environment for students and all stakeholders and reduce the risk of infection amongst staff and students.

Following the President’s call for cancellation of all events and gatherings of more than 100 people, the management through extensive consultation with all stakeholders decided to suspend contact classes, practicals and assessment from the 19/03/2020 and sporting and recreation activities with immediate effect. The suspension of classes is effective from the 19 of March to the 14 of April 2020.

 All students are advised to go home and ensure that they follow safe and hygiene measures in order to remain safe from being infected at all times.

 Please Note!!!!

  • It is not compulsory that you leave with your belongings.
  • You will be given assignments to ensure that the lost notional hours are recovered.
  • Tests that were supposed to be written before this closure will be written immediately when you come back. So you are encouraged to use this time effectively. Take your books with you.
  • This is not a holiday but a safety measure. So be safe at all times. Stay away from the crowd. Wash your hands as frequent as possible. Cover your mouth with a cloth or elbow when coughing. Don’t use hands when greeting.    

 The College management is committed to ensuring that all students complete the academic year successfully.

 May you all have safe journey back home. Enjoy your Easter Weekend.

 

Themba P. Cebani

Principal: Grootfontein College of Agriculture

Grootfontein Agricultural Development Institute

Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries 

Private Bag X529

Middelburg – Eastern Cape

5900

Tel: 049 802 6725

TEST DATE CHANGES - NRM 231 AND NUT 231

NRM 231 - Test 2 move to Wednesday 18 March at 8:10. Please adjust your time table accordingly.

NUT 231 will move to new date.

Principal

 

FIRST YEAR CLASSES - Monday 2 March

The following classes on Monday 2 March will move to the Afrino Venue due to a Staff Meeting in the Merino Venue

WSP 111 - 10:30

ABG 111 - 11:30

ACH 111 - 13:40

NRM 111

Please note that the due date for the NRM 111 assignment for Mountain Zebra National Park is Monday 17 January.

Please hand in the assignment in the NRM 111 class at 11:30, with Mr Sekwadi at 11:30.

TIME TABLE CHANGES - 2nd Year Subject

AHM 231 replace NUT 231 on Wed 5 Febr at 10:30

NUT 231 replace AHM 231 on Thurs 13 Febr 10:30

ALL STUDENTS - Important Dates

Please take note of the following important dates and times:-

27-31 January - Supplementary Examinations - 9:00. See venue on noticeboard

All classes commence on Monday 3 February at 8:10. Compulsory all students be in the Merino Venue at 8:10

 

ALL STUDENTS

Dear Students

 

Let me take this opportunity to welcome you to Grootfontein in 2020.

May you work harder this year to achieve your goals and find success in everything you do. May the year ahead be full of high energies and greater focus for you to study and make your dreams a reality.

 

Kindly note that Section E (41) of Student Hostel Rules stipulates that pets (including domestic animals) are not allowed in hostel. That includes houses. Besides hygiene issues, animal welfare was also a consideration when this policy was put in place.

 

May you have safe journey back.

 

Kind regards

 

Themba P. Cebani

Principal: Grootfontein College of Agriculture

SUPPLEMENTARY EXAMINATIONS SEMESTER 2 AND 4 OF 2019

R133 is compulsory BEFORE you may go and write your Supp / See also list of students under Noticeboard Supp Exam Time Table

MONDAY 27 JANUARY – 9:00 – ANGORA HALL

MMP 121 ; NRM 121 ; NUT 121 ; MHP 121

ABG 241 ; MHP 241 ; AGR 241

 

TUESDAY 28 JANUARY – 9:00 – ANGORA HALL

ABG 121 ; AGR 121

NUT 241

 

WEDNESDAY 29 JANUARY – 9:00 – ANGORA HALL

SBM 121

AHM 241 ; SBM 241

 

THURSDAY 30 JANUARY – 9:00 – ANGORA HALL

HRM 121

 

FRIDAY 30 JANUARY – 9:00 – ANGORA HALL

AHM 121

NRM 241

ALL STUDENTS

All students with outstanding stubjects or repeating their year. 

Make sure on the noticebaord what is going on with your academics. It is not the College responsibility to keep on reminding you if you need to re-write tests, hand in paractical assignments, etc. 

Lists has been put up on the noticeboard even before classes started 15 July 2019.

Take responsibility for your own academics. 

IMPORTANT - ALL ASSESSMENTS (EXAMINATIONS, TESTS)

ALL STUDENTS TAKE NOTE - All of these rule is applicable for all Assessments

 

All of these rules are applicable for all Assessments

Make sure you are on time at the hall.  The time on the Test and Exam time table, is in fact the time that you should already be seated. 

If you enter the hall late, after all other students are already seated and they start with their exam / test, you will need special permission from the Examinations officer to enter the hall.

Student card must be visible on your table during the whole assessment. You may be asked to show it at the door before entering the venue. BUT during the entire assessment it must be visible on your table.

ONLY A BLACK OR BLUE PEN MAY BE USED.

Go through the instructions as below that are on your Examination book.

Make sure you complete your front page of the Examination book or test paper in full. If it is not completed your examination paper or test paper will not be marked.

NO EXPLANATION WILL BE ACCEPTABLE WHEN YOU ENTER THE EXAMINATION AND TEST HALL WITH NOTES IN YOUR POSESSION. NOT EVEN WHEN IT IS WRITTEN ON FOR Example - RULER, CALCULATOR, ERASER, PENCIL CASE, ETC.)

NO Pencil cases on the assessment tables is allowed.

It is your own responsibility to make sure you do not have anything with you.

INSTRUCTIONS

1. By writing your name and student number on the assessment script you confirm that you are familiar with the assessment regulations of the College.

2. Write your name and student number clearly in the space provided. Your name and number must also be written on each extra assessment script that you use. Write your table number where indicated on the examination book.

3. Write neatly and clearly, using both sides of the paper and leave margins free for the use of the examiner.

4. Answer the questions directly after one another, draw a line across the page and write the number of the next question in the centre of the next line.

5. Under no circumstances, may you communicate with other candidates or obtain assistance from outside the examination or test venue.

6. You will render yourself liable to disqualification if you make personal remarks to the examiner and or invigilator. The writing of any offensive matter on any assessment material supplied to you will disqualify you.

7. You are not allowed to leave the assessment room without the permission of the invigilator.

8. No explanation of any assessment questions may be asked or may be given.

9. Your answers must be written in English.

10. All work done must be handed in. If you wish any part of your work not to be assessed, draw a line through it.

11. No pages may be removed from the assessment venue or books.

12. The invigilator may disqualify any candidate for unfair practices or unsatisfactory conduct. 

13. No cell phones or any form of head gear are allowed in any assessment venues.

14. Your student card must be visible at all time for all assessments


MARKS PORTAL – ALL STUDENTS

A Copy of the Marks will only be put up on the noticeboard from test 2 onwards. Make sure you frequently look on the portal if there are any marks available.

Predi – This is your semester mark.  This mark will be re-calculated after every test or practical mark is slotted into the portal.  The average of the best 2 test marks will be used for your final semester mark in addition to any other assessment marks for example practical marks.  If Test Weights is applicable, the Predi will be calculated according to the % of the test weights (not the average between two tests).

Remarks – The Remarks will show “No Admission” until all tests and practical marks are slotted in. Only then will the remark be finalised to “Admission”. If it stays No Admission after Semester Day, you may not write the Examination.

Other Remarks

Incomplete – Part of the subject was not done or passed.  Such a student will then need to re-register for this subject the next year. This is usually subject codes that end with a 0 (continuous evaluation) or subjects where there is theory and practical classes. A student needs to do everything as on the timetable to be able to pass a subject.  If one part is outstanding, you will fail.

Attendance < 80% - You do not have class attendance to qualify to write examination.  No matter what your predi is.

The requirements are 70% for Theory classes and 80% for all subjects ending with a 0.

After the Examinations the Remark will change to Pass or Fail. If you qualify for a Supplementary Exam, the remark will be Supp Exam and if you qualify for a ReExam, the remark will show ReExam.

MOST IMPORTANT – If you do not understand something, ask, do not assume or ask other students for guidance.

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