CPUT students write exams at military base

2016-01-11 10:42

Cape Town - Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) students were writing exams disrupted by last year's #FeesMustFall protests at a military base in Cape Town on Monday.

CPUT spokesperson Lauren Kansley said the Wingfield naval base in Goodwood was chosen because it could accommodate around 2 000 students in a sitting.

It has been used successfully before as an exam venue.

Students were also writing at remote venues in Durban, Johannesburg and the Eastern Cape and examination staff had travelled to Namibia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe for students there.

"We understand that they don't necessarily have the funds to come and write," said Kansley.

Last year, students and riot police clashed several times during a nationwide demand for no fee increases.

By November, planned fee increases were scrapped, but the protests continued and exams were disrupted.

Meanwhile, registration processes were also underway on Monday, with "no major hiccups and security concerns".

A long queue was forming at the Bellville campus and "walk-ins" were trying their luck, said Kansley.

The university has decided that although the upfront payment for registration was still applicable, students who could not pay immediately would be billed.

This was not allowed previously.

The minimum registration fee is R3 500, but students have said that even that relatively low amount made university education impossible for many students from poor homes.

Kansley could not immediately confirm whether students who had been suspended for being part of the protests had been barred from writing.

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