UCT lectures to resume on Monday
Max Price says they will be able to complete the academic year if lectures resume on Monday.
CAPE TOWN - University of Cape Town (UCT) vice-chancellor Max Price says the implications will be disastrous if they cannot continue with academic activities for the rest of the year.
Price today announced the university will reopen next Monday.
The institution has been closed for a second week, due to disruptive demonstrations.
The vice-chancellor says they will be able to complete the academic year if lectures resume on Monday.
He warns if protests continue, they will be forced to shut down for the rest of the year.
Price says this will have severe implications, especially for graduates.
"Many of our students have jobs lined up. They are expecting an income next year, they are expecting to start paying off loans; and if they can't start, then they are the ones who are suffering as well as the businesses and industries that employ them."
He says if these students don't complete the year and come back in 2017 for exams, it will affect the new intake of first-year students.