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Thursday, 29 October 2015 11:23

Exams might not happen at Mahikeng campus: NWU

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The North West University says examinations at the Mahikeng campus might not go ahead next Monday as they had initially said this week.

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The Vice Chancellor Professor Dan Kgwadi says at this stage the management had not managed to access the campus in order to prepare for the examinations.

He says also safety cannot be guaranteed for both students and employees of the university because the police found petrol in the university on Wednesday.

Kgwadi says the students who have gone back into the Mahikeng campus residences do so at their own risk. Kgwadi is still calling for the students to vacate student residence as the university remain closed.

“We had hoped yesterday (Wednesday) when we closed the university that we are going to give management space to put all measures in place as far as preparations for exams are concerned now that time is getting is very close such that it might become impossible. Management has not accessed campus and all the examinations experts have not been able to access campus, it makes it almost impossible which might actually necessitate for a reconsideration of the examination situation however when that happens it might not be in the near future.”

He says the North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has requested them to allow the students back after their meeting with him ended late on Wednesday. The Vice Chancellor is still requesting parents to fetch their children and the students to leave the residences.

“At least five police vehicles are monitoring the situation outside the Mahikeng campus of the North West University. The situation is relatively calm however the stones lying on the road and burnt tyres is evidence of the violence that has been happening at the campus. “

The North West University says examinations at the Mahikeng campus might not go ahead next Monday as they had initially said this week. The Vice Chancellor Professor Dan Kgwadi says at this stage the management had not managed to access the campus in order to prepare for the examinations.

He says also safety cannot be guaranteed for both students and employees of the university because the police found petrol in the university on Wednesday.

Kgwadi says the students who have gone back into the Mahikeng campus residences do so at their own risk
Kgwadi is still calling for the students to vacate student residence as the university remain closed.

“We had hoped yesterday (Wednesday) when we closed the university that we are going to give management space to put all measures in place as far as preparations for exams are concerned now that time is getting is very close such that it might become impossible. Management has not accessed campus and all the examinations experts have not been able to access campus, it makes it almost impossible which might actually necessitate for a reconsideration of the examination situation however when that happens it might not be in the near future.”

Kgwadi says the students who have gone back into the Mahikeng campus residences do so at their own risk.

He says the North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has requested them to allow the students back after their meeting with him ended late on Wednesday. The Vice Chancellor is still requesting parents to fetch their children and the students to leave the residences.

“At least five police vehicles are monitoring the situation outside the Mahikeng campus of the North West University. The situation is relatively calm however the stones lying on the road and burnt tyres is evidence of the violence that has been happening at the campus. “

On Wednesday Kgwadi announced that the students should vacate the university within a few hours, a move which angered the frustrated students.

However, later the students went back into the university after Premeir Mahumapelo's intervention.

The Student Representative Council meanwhile says the students will write examinations but not on Monday, it still wants to engage with the university on the matter.

Meanwhile, examinations are underway at the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein following an announcement by University management that exams would be postponed for three days due to on-going student protests.

The University Rector Professor Thandwa Mthembu says calm has been restored.

"We have been facing the National Shutdown campaign; classes here at CUT have been resumed after the president made the announcement that vice chancellors should look into extending examination time to compensate for lost time. We had engagements during the weekend which culminated in an agreement with student leaders that we will deem three days as time lost and as result of that that exams were postponed from Monday to now."

Last modified on Thursday, 29 October 2015 11:51