DUT classes resume after protests

2011-07-25 12:30

Durban - Classes at the Durban University of Technology resumed on Monday after a week of student protests, university management said.

"The academic programme resumed today but there is a small group of students protesting at the Steve Biko and the ML Sultan campus," said DUT spokesperson Alan Khan.

Khan said DUT expected the number of protesting students to grow because "they generally recruit students from classes".

On Saturday the Student Representative Council met the acting deputy director general of higher education, Kirti Menon, to clarify government's position on why it cannot provide extra financial aid as students were demanding.

"Students also used the opportunity to table their grievances and demands to government," said Khan. Students were demanding financial aid for Bachelor of Technology students.

According to DUT vice chancellor, Professor Ahmed Bawa, government does not provide funding for B Tech studies except in the cases of education and nursing.

Students are demanding the institution provide branded condoms and sanitary towels to each student room but the university says this will be costly and unsustainable.

  • P!NK - 2011-07-25 12:40

    What a joke!! LMAO

      Joe_Massahar - 2011-07-25 14:07

      Durban Institute of University?! Is that a real tertiary education institution? Institute of technology or institute of business makes sense, but institute of university? That doesn't make sense!!

      Jo - 2011-07-25 14:17

      Its supposed to be Durban University of Technology (hence DUT). News24 is just unable to check their articles before posting them...

  • Shawn - 2011-07-25 12:41

    Seriously? BRANDED condoms!! Seriously? These are the students I will be employing!

  • Ak - 2011-07-25 12:42

    Isnt it Durban University of Technology? DUT, instead of whats written at the top there...!!

      Speedy.zn - 2011-07-25 12:47

      +1 who is writing these articles???

  • BRONZE - 2011-07-25 12:54

    Haai khona. They have the gall to demand Durex and Lil Lets now? Do their parents know about this? In my days we fought for financial aid and more accomodation which was fair enough in my view. But Durex?!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-25 13:24

      Yep, New Freedom is a Rough Ride,er !!!

  • douw verster - 2011-07-25 12:58

    Durban Institute of University?

      Daryl - 2011-07-25 13:18


  • Michael - 2011-07-25 13:01

    Do they want to study or procreate? Hell, they have their priorities wrong!

  • Martin - 2011-07-25 13:10

    They demand condoms so the next time they fu*k up the campus they can do it safely.

  • Mercenary - 2011-07-25 13:33

    "Classes at the Durban Institute of University resumed on Monday...." News 24........Standards are dropping, does anybody proof-read the S*&t your printing?

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