DUT calls for calm for exams

2010-04-01 00:00

NEXT month marks the start of the exams at the troubled Durban University of Technology (DUT).

An open letter sent to students, parents and staff of the university makes it clear that any further disruptions to the academic programme, such as violent protests, will make it impossible to meet the tight time frame the university will be working to.

In the letter, the acting vice-chancellor, Professor Nqabomzi Gawe, said DUT has had to revise the first semester timetable, and the exams will be written from May 24 to June 4. Results will be released 19 days later, with supplementary exams starting July 5 to July 9.

“Should any further protest action result in time lost when the second term begins on the April 6, 2010, it may become necessary to close the institution for an indefinite period. I appeal to all students not to let this happen …” Gawe said in the statement.

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande is expected to make recommendations on the way forward after investigations into the student protests are concluded.

Speaking to The Witness on Monday, Gops Chetty, special advisor to the vice-chancellor, said faculties will look into how to best deal with the situation and if extra hours will be necessary to catch up on the work lost.

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