Protests at UWC set to continue

The institution was forced to shut down yesterday after a group of protesters began intimidating students.

UWC students sing and dance in the student centre while they wait for the UWC rector to arrive and address the crowd. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

CAPE TOWN - There's still no end to protests at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

The institution was on Monday forced to shut down yet again after a group of protesters started intimidating students and staff.

Some protesting UWC students say despite their academic success, they fear they will not be able to return to the university next year due to mounting debt.

"Students who pass the academic year must be able to come back. That student must be able if they student is passing."

Scores of disgruntled students have vowed to continue protesting, claiming management has failed to adequately address their needs.

But one student says these demonstrators have blown the matter out of proportion.

"We don't think this is the right way of going about things. We want to write. There are a lot more students who are against the protesting now."

While campus operations have been halted until further notice, final exams are scheduled to start next week.

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Meanwhile in Johannesburg, Wits University says management and students have agreed that all academic activities will resume from Wednesday and the exams will be postponed and restructured.

The late night agreement was struck after the SRC accepted a new nine-point plan from management after nearly three days of talks with students.

In the new plan, the university committed to restructuring the academic programme and exam timetable, re-examining the upfront fee payment for 2016 and establishing an internal commission to look into outsourcing.