Wits students slam poll as university considers reopening tomorrow

Protesting students want university to be an ally in their struggle for free higher education.

Wits student leader Fasiha Hassan. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Protesting Wits University students say they want the university to become an ally in their struggle for free higher education.

Some students say they don't acknowledge the results of an opinion poll which showed that more than 16,000 students want to return to class.

The university conducted the survey on Thursday, which saw more than 21,000 students participating.

Students will know later today whether classes will resume tomorrow under police guard.

SRC member Fasiha Hassan says during its poll, the university failed to ask students how they feel about free higher education.

"It's not asking the right questions or engaging the matter. We're still calling for a university assembly, we're saying to everyone that we should discuss free education, all these pertinent matters and what they mean."

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.