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#Fees2017: Will Wits resume classes this week?

An opinion poll has showed that more than 16,000 students want lectures to resume.

Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Wits University students will know later today whether they will be returning to lecture halls this week.

University management has been in talks this weekend to decide on a way forward with the academic programme, following an opinion poll that showed that more than 16,000 students want lectures to resume.

Protesting students have said they also want to return to class, however, they need to see the university take a firmer stance in the quest for free education.

Wits university spokesperson Shirona Patel says the university needs to do what's best for the lives of students.

"The poorest of the poor are the ones who will lose out, they may lose their bursaries and scholarships."

But student leader Fasiha Hassan says what's best for students is free education.

"Those who stand to lose the most are the ones on the ground, the ones who are willing to come every single day at 5am and shut down the gate if necessary."

Protesting students have expressed a reluctance to return to class while they have secured no sizable victory in the fight for free education.

WATCH: Rocks and rampage at Wits University

Meanwhile, the African National Congress Youth League has called on students across the country to follow a decision made by some Wits students, who voted to go back to classes.

Other institutions including the University of Pretoria, Rhodes and the University of Johannesburg have faced disruptions to their academic activity.

The league has encouraged students to go back to learning and allow the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education to do its work.

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