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By default, a News Forum in a Moodle course will allow posts and replies to only be added to it by teachers on that course.
This can be overridden to allow students to reply to posts.

  • Within the news forum in question, click on the Permissions link in the Settings block.
  • Find the relevant activity (e.g. Reply to news) and click on the plus icon underneath the list of users to amend permissions.

  • Check the permission change information that is displayed, use the dropdown list to Select role as 'Student' and click on Allow to confirm the change. 

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