DUT chaos report delayed

2010-04-27 00:00

MINISTER of Higher Education Blade Nzimande will have to wait another week before getting answers as to what is really going on at the Durban University of Technology, after the ministerial task team he commissioned to investigate student unrest at the university requested an extension.

Nzimande set up this task team on a fact-finding mission to investigate the nature and reasons for what were to become regular violent protests. The unrest led to an early closure for the Easter holidays for the university.

The task team, which is headed by Vincent Maphai, began its work at the beginning of this term, on April 7, and was supposed to provide Nzimande with a full report within 20 days.

Part of the team’s mandate is to make suggestions about short-, medium- and long-term measures to ensure that a culture of teaching and learning is restored.

Department spokesperson Ranjeni Munusamy said the report is likely to be released to the minister by next week for him to decide if it will be made public knowledge.

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