Monday, 10 October 2016 08:12

Wits to open its doors, other institutes remain closed

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The stalemate in the tertiary education sector continues as classes countrywide have been disrupted, with many universities having to amend their 2016 academic calendars.

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Wits University announced their classes will resume on Monday while the University of the Western Cape will remain closed.

Talks between the university and students have since broke down at Wits, resulting on their scheduled general assembly on Friday being postponed.

The university released a statement on Saturday night confirming the resumption of classes.

Wits’ Fees Must Fall student leader Mcebo Dlamini says that they will continue to fight and that no academic activities will take place on campus on Monday until they come to an agreement with management.

“We have been waiting for the university to get back to us,” said the former Wits SRC president.

“They released a shocking statement last night. We are going to the battlefield on Monday. We haven’t given up on our demands.”

The University of Cape Town and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University remain closed.

Classes at the University of Limpopo and Tshwane University of Technology will resume on Wednesday.

While campus activities continue according to schedule at University of KwaZulu Natal, Rhodes University and North West University.

The University of the Free State’s student leadership says that it will meet at 4pm on Sunday to discuss the way forward. NMMU SRC is set to also meet on Sunday afternoon.

The University of Pretoria is set to open on Monday after it closed early for spring break two weeks.

The SRC’s Donovan Du Plooy told eNCA.com that while the university will open its gates for learning, there won’t be any academic activities taking place.

“We will be having a mass engagement with university management on Monday morning,” said Du Plooy.

“The meeting will be facilitated by an independent body and we hope to find a solution on the situation.”

The University of KwaZulu Natal’s SRC president Senzo Ngidi refused to comment on their plan of action for the week.

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