Students call off protest as part of agreement- Unisa

2015-10-10 13:12
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Cape Town- Ongoing student protests at Unisa have been called off with immediate effect following an agreement that includes scrapping the newly introduced acceptance fee.

Students had voiced their dissatisfaction at the fee, the closure of exam venues in certain areas, changes to the admission policy, and the increment in study fees.

The university said in a statement the protest was called off after Vice Chancellor Mandla Makhanya responded in writing to the grievances of the national student representative council.

The acceptance fee had reportedly been intended to ensure students took up their place at the university.

Makhanya said in his response he was scrapping the fee against the backdrop of student leaders’ concerns and the prevailing socio-economic climate.

He also committed to re-open some old examination venues. Where the university could not secure examination halls, it would obtain others in close proximity.

Students had voiced their unhappiness with the introduction of one application per academic year for 2016.

Previously, students were allowed two applications and two registrations per academic year.

The university said its intention with the new application process was to predict enrolments.

“It will also allow the university to properly manage enrolment capacity and it has the advantage of better service delivery to our students,” said university spokesperson Martin Ramotshela.

He said they would suspend the new application system to allow for further student input and explore a way of accommodating a mid-year application option, depending on projected enrolments.

Makhanya said of the agreement: “The amicable outcomes of our engagement with our student leadership are rooted on our values of transparency and student-centredness as well as our commitment to ensuring an environment conducive to student success.”

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