AS IT HAPPENED: UCT suspends some undergrad classes

2016-10-20 07:44

UCT's Faculty of Health Sciences has suspended undergraduate classes in years one to three for the rest of the year.


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20 Oct 17:57

Statement from Wits:

Update on the academic programme:

About 95% of all classes went ahead at Wits today, across all campuses.


A test in the Flower Hall on the Wits West Campus was disrupted by protestors just after midday today. This was due to a lapse in security around these venues this morning.

The tests scheduled for the remainder of the day went ahead without disruption. All test venues and lecture theatres will be secured going forward.Today, protesting students entered Flower Hall and tore up test papers towards the end of a chemical engineering test.

They then made their way to the New Commerce Building where they disrupted lectures before making their way to the Science Stadium. Police dispersed the protesting group using teargas, rubber bullets and stun grenades. Four students were injured by rubber bullets and were treated along with several other students at the Campus Health and Wellness Centre. Two students had to be taken to hospital.

Additional venues for study purposes open tonight.

The reading rooms in both the Wartenweiler and Commerce Libraries will be open for use by students tonight. Both rooms have wireless  hotspots to ensure access to e-resources and services.

20 Oct 17:41

Calm has been restored at the Union Buildings in Pretoria after a tense stand-off between police and Fees Must Fall protesters, on Thursday afternoon.  

Earlier, when a government official attempted to address the protesting students, the crowd chanted, "Who are you", and started shaking the fence, hurling rocks, sticks and branches at cops and officials over the fence.

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You have to feel for the students who want to finish their studies - as well as the parents who often pay for it

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How do students feel about "blended" or online learning? Will universities ensure infrastructure and data to make online learning feasible?

20 Oct 17:14

UWC's Council has released a statement to express its disappointment with the events that transpired at the University on Wednesday.

"The instability and volatility at Higher Education institutions across the country is an unfortunate symptom of broader societal issues," the statement reads.

In view of the current instability at UWC and at other higher education institutions, Council supports the decision of the University’s Senate Executive Committee to use online platforms and other multiple modes of learning to assist students in finalising the academic year in preparation for the final examinations which can be written either in November 2016 or in January 2017.

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The dean, Professor Bongani Mayosi, made the announcement in a letter this afternoon.

"Since all teaching activities in Years 1 to 3 are being suspended, students are free to return home with immediate effect."

20 Oct 17:02

The University of Cape Town has suspended undergraduate classes for years one to three in the Health Sciences faculty for the remainder of the year.

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All students at UCT do not agree with the call for the suspension of the academic year

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UCT's SRC calls for the suspension of the academic year

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Several hundred students gathered at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Thursday in a protest calling for free tertiary education.

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Johannesburg – Former University of the Witwatersrand SRC leader Shaeera Kalla is being treated at hospital after she was shot by police at least nine times with rubber bullets, the university confirmed on Thursday.  

"We know she was shot nine times by police [and] being treated by campus health and taken to hospital," said Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel.

20 Oct 15:47

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has been added to the ministerial task team on higher education, more than a week after it was established by President Jacob Zuma.

Gordhan, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini were added to "broaden the composition of the task team", Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Thursday.

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