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NMMU plans to resume classes next week

The institution was forced to suspend classes last month after disruption of lectures by protesting students.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University students march on campus against fee hikes. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) plans to resume its academic programme next week after a three-week shutdown.

The institution was forced to suspend classes and tests last month following the disruption of lectures by protesting students calling for free education.

About 500 students marched to the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber in Port Elizabeth yesterday demanding a tax on the rich to achieve the goal.

NMMU management will resume operations on campus today to prepare for the restart of the academic activity on Monday.

The university says having assessed the situation, it has established starting next week will ensure the academic year is completed by the end of November.

It also warns extending the shutdown beyond that point will negatively impact on students' performance and ability to complete studies.

The institution indicates it is still committed to resolving student grievances.

Management has set up a task team to ensure no academically deserving students are excluded on financial grounds.

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