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UCT vice-chancellor warns poorer students to suffer most in shutdown

The institution has closed for a second week, as a result of disruptions related to #FeesMustFall protests.

FILE: University of Cape Town vice-chancellor Max Price briefs media about the implications of continued disruptions on campus. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - University of Cape Town (UCT) vice-chancellor Max Price says poorer students and graduates will suffer the most from a potential shutdown for the rest of the year.

Price yesterday announced the university will reopen next Monday.

If disruptions persist the university could face a total shutdown.

The institution has closed for a second week, as a result of disruptions related to # FeesMustFall protests.

Price says that not completing the current academic year will have serious implications.

"If these students do not finish this year and come back next year, the university is full for the first three months or so and students that have left school at the end of 2016 can't come into university. We will have a backlog of a potentially lost generation of people who will never get in."

Price says their income will also be affected.