DUT classes resume after protests

2011-07-25 12:30
Durban - Classes at the Durban University of Technology resumed on Monday after a week of student protests, university management said.

"The academic programme resumed today but there is a small group of students protesting at the Steve Biko and the ML Sultan campus," said DUT spokesperson Alan Khan.

Khan said DUT expected the number of protesting students to grow because "they generally recruit students from classes".

On Saturday the Student Representative Council met the acting deputy director general of higher education, Kirti Menon, to clarify government's position on why it cannot provide extra financial aid as students were demanding.

"Students also used the opportunity to table their grievances and demands to government," said Khan. Students were demanding financial aid for Bachelor of Technology students.

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

Students are 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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