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#LetUsWrite: Wits students sign petition to write exams

Over 4,000 students have signed a petition to write their exams.

FILE: Wits students hold up a placard inside Senate House on campus on 19 October 2015 during protests over proposed fee increases for the 2016 year. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - While there is no final decision on whether or not lectures will continue this week, over 4,000 Wits students have so far signed a petition to suspend fees protests and resume with the academic year.

In an open letter to management and Vice Chancellor Adam Habib, final year law students list ten reasons why they should be allowed to write exams.

In the letter, the group says they are concerned about international students whose permits to reside and study in South Africa expires at the end of the year, including the added expense for students who live on campus.

These are some of the points listed in the open letter:

  1. Many final year students are from foreign countries. Their permits to reside and study in South Africa expire on 31 December 2015, and they therefore cannot write exams into January 2016. We assume this affects more than just the final year students;

  1. We are of the understanding that Wits Residences will charge the students for continued occupation. The students and their parents will have to pay more money as a result of the protest;

  1. Students who do not live in the province have to incur further expenses with respect to food, rent, and travel expenses.

Click here to access the full open letter.

The university has so far proposed a nine-point plan that commits to resolving most of the outstanding issues raised over the last month.

Should the students agree to these measures, the University says it will commit to calling a General Assembly.

On Twitter, Wits students have been in disputes with the university's SRC and management, using the hashtag #LetUsWrite.