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#FeesMustFall: Nzimande to meet with vice chancellors today

Nzimande’s meeting with the VCs follows disruptions to registration at 3 institutions.

FILE. Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - While Wits University and its SRC have reached a deal on the ' Fees Must Fall' movement demands, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande will today meet with vice chancellors from across the country to discuss the year ahead.

Nzimande's meeting with the heads of different universities follows disruptions to registration at three Gauteng institutions and a tense meeting with students.

The minister will also ask the vice chancellors to elaborate on their plans to manage protests expected at campuses.

His last meeting with student leaders ended on a sour note when half of the delegation walked out over what they described as 'empty rhetoric' from the minister.

Department spokesman Khaye Nkwanyana says today's meeting with the vice chancellors is aimed at ensuring universities are able to operate without interference this year.

"How institutions are managing protest in other areas where it has not started, getting an assurance that indeed they be noted."

Nkwanyana says the discussion on student debt is crucial.

"It's a major challenge and it also causes some irritation. How do we deal with that?"

The meeting is due to take place in Kempton Park.

WATCH: #Feesmustfall reloaded

In October last year, students from universities all over the country embarked on mass protests calling for an end to tertiary institution fee increases.

The #FeesMustFall campaign then marched on the Union buildings where President Jacob Zuma announced all fee increases for 2016 would be scrapped.

Government is now working on a way forward in terms of scrapping university fees altogether.

Click here to watch EWN' s the year of the student feature.

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