UPDATE: Please see our latest story for more information on the situation.

The original story follows below.

Students in 2018’s first semester at the University of South Africa (Unisa) have had a rough time following multiple delays around their May/June examination period.

At the beginning of the year a Unisa strike around the time of registrations caused many problems for both students and staff.

The effects of this were felt in the later exams as many students had not yet received their learning material, and were otherwise not ready to write.

This prompted Unisa to give affected students the option to write their exams later than the original dates.

Those who were not affected, or who felt like they were ready to write, could do so at the original dates. Alternatively they could choose to write a different exam (covering the same syllabubs) at a later stage.

Later exams meant that results would take longer to process. Previously, the university had promised students that all results would be out by 20th July, but this was pushed back to 25th July.

On top of the added stress from not knowing the results of their marks, students now find themselves severely pressed for time as registration for the second semester closes 30th July. That’s right: the university is giving students just five days to register, with final payments for chosen modules needing to go through by 31st July.

Now for some extra confusion: the section of MyUnisa (an online portal for students where most critical interaction takes place) that usually displays exam results has been removed.

The reason for this is, apparently, to reduce the traffic on MyUnisa so other sections of it can be accessed.

Thankfully, there is some good news. This tool can be used to view exam results without needing to log into MyUnisa. A student number is still required, however.

As a student at Unisa myself, I have had three of my four pending exams released already. Two of them were added to the above tool very late this previous Sunday night. I am hopeful that my last result will be added so that I can register with a day or two to spare.

One last worry on the minds of many students is semester two. The second semester of every year is already shorter than the first, and now it looks to be even shorter because of the delays. As exams occur in October / November, this means that students will just two months to learn entirely new modules and prepare for exams.