Academic programme still in limbo at some SA universities

Academic programmes at varsities have been marred by continued disruptions.

Protesting University of the Free State students drive back campus security during protests on the institution's main campus in Bloemfontein on 24 February 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - With the universities of the Free State and Pretoria having resumed classes, it's not yet clear whether an agreement will be reached at the Walter Sisulu and North West institutions.

Academic programmes at varsities have been marred by continued disruptions.

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At the North West University, tensions rose last week over what appeared to be the inauguration of a new student representative council (SRC).

In the Free State, violent clashes broke out last Monday evening after a Varsity Shield Match was disrupted by students who were calling for an end to outsourcing.

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Nationwide student protests have continued at other universities in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape.

North West University's Koos Degenaar says management and academic staff are continuing to discuss solutions so that the campus can reopen.

"We will take a decision on the way forward and students will be informed by SMS or email."

The University of the Free State's Lacea Loader says security has been increased as classes are expected to continue for a second day.

"The campus is calm and we've doubled up security and safety."

Today, the mayor of the OR Tambo Municipality is expected to lead a delegation to register 220 students at the Walter Sisulu University.

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