CPUT announces 8% fee hike for certain students

This will only apply to students who are not supported by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology vice-chancellor Dr Prins Nevhutalu, right, listens during a general assembly at its Bellville campus. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has announced an eight percent tuition fee increase for some students.

CPUT management is meeting with students in an effort to resolve what it calls a crisis on campus.

Classes at the institution's campuses have been disrupted by protesting students calling for free education.

A similar meeting yesterday between management, the SRC, unions and the university senate was disrupted by demonstrators who dumped human excrement in the venue.

But one student leader called for discipline at today's gathering.

CPUT vice-chancellor Prins Nevhutalu told the gathering 90 percent of its students are either poor or part of the so called missing middle.

Nevhutalu says the university council has decided not to increase fees for these students.

Nevhutalu said if the institution didn't hike fees for 2017, it would have a R489 million budget deficit.

CPUT's shortfall would be around R90 million with an eight percent increase.