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15 Jun 2021

Dept Concerned About Psychological Impact of Lockdown on Students

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A study launched by the Human Sciences Research Council revealed that over 65% of students experienced mild to severe psychological distress due to the pandemic and the resulting Lockdown. This was only one of many other shocking and concerning findings of the study.

The Youth of South Africa should of course not be left behind and we’ve now gotten some insight into what life was like for students during the heavy lockdown and the major adjustment that came with it. On Monday morning, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) presented the results of a study on the impact of Covid-19 on students in the higher education sector, at CPUT’s Bellville Campus.

A shocking statistic was that over 65% of students experienced mild to severe psychological distress, 72% of these students were between the ages of 18 and 19. The study then also revealed that 18% of students were using substances to cope during lockdown.

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