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UWC cancels scheduled exams amid protests

All final year students will however write an assessment exam at an undisclosed venue situated off campus.

file: The remains of a piano sit atop a pile of charred furniture outside students' residences at the University of the Western Cape's Bellville campus after protests on Wednesday. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - University of the Western Cape (UWC) officials have confirmed scheduled exams have been cancelled.

Last night management sent an email to all students explaining a new plan to conduct year-end assessments amid ongoing protests at the university's Bellville campus.

The University of the Western Cape's registrar Nita Lawson-Misra says management has decided to cancel exams that were scheduled to start on Monday amid threats from protesters.

"We've received death threats, open threats being made that under no circumstances will examinations be allowed to continue."

Lawson-Misra says this is a last resort decision taken by management as the situation at the UWC campus remains volatile.

All final year students will however write an assessment exam at an undisclosed venue situated off campus with a heavy security presence.

Other students who are not in their final year have the option to have their continuous assessment marks used as their end-year result.

If they're not confident their CAM marks will be enough for them to pass, the undergraduates can opt to go through an assessment process in January.

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