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UCT shut down not in anyone's interests - Price

Vice-chancellor Max Price says free education will not be beneficial and could be costly to the university.

Students barricade one of the main roads leading to UCT's main campus. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

CAPE TOWN - University of Cape Town (UCT)'s vice-chancellor Max Price says he hopes to persuade protesting students they stand to lose out the most if they shut down the university.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande yesterday recommended universities increase their fees by no higher than eight percent next year.

But students are demanding fees be scrapped altogether.

But Price says a total shut down won't be in anyone's interests.

"What would happen is students will lose a lot of study time, exams will be postponed. People who'd have graduated at the end of this year and start their jobs next year are going to be the ones that suffer and then they are going to suffer financially."

Meanwhile, protesters have blocked off access point to UCT this morning but the institution says lectures will resume today.