Protesters in campus chaos

2009-03-19 00:00

A student protest involving 300 students on the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal yesterday reportedly resulted in intimidation and the disruption of lectures.

Student Representation Council deputy president Ayanda Mdluli said: “To my knowledge, there were no incidents of harm to any person or property”.

Mdluli said the SRC wanted to address the high exclusion rates in the Engineering department, saying it is unfair to exclude third- and fourth-year students who have not exceeded their study time limit and have only a few modules to complete their degrees.

The students also called for more time between exams and supplementary exams.

“The time to write the supps begins as early as five days after the exam. This places pressure on lecturers to have the marks in early and may lead to errors,” said Mdluli.

Other issues are lack of access for physically disabled students, staff shortages and shortages of accommodation for foreign students.

UKZN management spokesman Sejal Desai said the students will draft a memorandum to be handed to executive dean of students, Trevor Wills, as a basis for discussion.

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