Troubled varsity meets Nzimande

2011-07-26 12:50

The management of the Durban University of Technology (DUT) held talks with education minister Blade Nzimande after a week of violent student protests.

“We engaged with Nzimande [on Monday] and apprised him of the situation on campus.

“We updated him on the student protest which became violent and resulted in damage to some of the university’s property,” said spokesman Allan Khan.

Nzimande offered support and the management was encouraged by his response at the meeting.

“Management is working on implementing a plan to make the university a safe and secure environment to learn,” said Khan.

Vice-chancellor, Professor Ahmed Bawa, would travel to Pretoria tomorrow to visit the ministry of higher education and training.

“We need to remember that before the strike action the vice chancellor secured an extra R16.5 million from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme of South Africa, and the Student Representative Council was made aware of this,” Khan said.

Students were demanding financial aid for Bachelor of Technology students.

According to Bawa, government does not provide funding for B Tech studies except in the cases of education and nursing.

Students are also demanding the institution provide branded condoms and sanitary towels to each student room but the university says this will be costly and unsustainable.

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