UCT suspended classes in anticipation of fees announcement - Price

2016-09-19 10:57
The University of Cape Town's upper campus. (iStock)

The University of Cape Town's upper campus. (iStock)

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Cape Town – The University of Cape Town decided to shut down operations on Monday in anticipation of the reaction to the announcement on fees by Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, vice chancellor Max Price said.

Speaking on Cape Talk on Monday, Price said suspending operations for the day was a very difficult decision to make.

On Monday, students blocked both the south and north entrances at UCT’s upper campus and all Jammie Shuttle routes were suspended.

Nzimande was expected to release his recommendations on fee adjustments for universities and colleges on Monday.

Price said students nationally and at UCT had made it clear that they would not accept anything less than free education.

“We can pretty sure that the minister is not going to announce free education, certainly not now or at least for next year. So we want to hear the announcement, digest it and figure out what the appropriate response and not focusing on protests at same time,” he told the station.

Choosing to suspend classes for the day was the lesser of two evils, he said.

He also told the station that students had been set off by the resumption of the student tribunal, which they wanted dissolved and for the five students suspended or interdicted to be allowed to come back.

They expected the tribunal to release its findings shortly, Price said, which might also generate “significant reaction from students”.

“We need to manage that and keep the peace. We felt as things stands we needed to give ourselves time to have an action plan going forward, which would include meeting with students.”

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