Tuks academic programmes suspended for the week

2015-10-21 16:28
University of Pretoria students take to the streets (Mpho Raborife, News24)

University of Pretoria students take to the streets (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Pretoria - The University of Pretoria has suspended all academic activities until the end of the week, the institution said on Wednesday.

"The University of Pretoria will be closed until Friday, October 23, [inclusive] to allow for peaceful engagement on key issues affecting the institutions. Tests and examinations for the said dates have been rescheduled. No student will be compromised by these adjustments to the academic programme," the university said in a statement.

More than 1 000 students exchanged their textbooks for sneakers and boots and took to the streets to express their dissatisfaction with the proposed fee increments for 2016.

The students ran around the campus demanding to meet with the Vice Chancellor Cheryl De Le Rey in order to give her a memorandum containing their demands.

After handing over the memorandum, students claimed they could not hear her and requested she follow them to the student centre where there was a speaker system in place.

She did not follow them to the student centre and they took to the streets of Hatfield to protest.

They shut down major traffic routes and until shortly after 15:00 when she agreed to meet the students.  

Students met the announcement on academics with loud cheers and ululations.

Read more on:    university of pretoria  |  pretoria  |  education  |  university fees  |  protests

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