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UP won't resume academic activities on Monday

The university resolved in a meeting that instead of opening on Monday, it will engage with staff & students.

FILE: The Humanities building at the University of Pretoria’s Hatfield campus. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

PRETORIA - The University of Pretoria has announced it will not resume academic activities on Monday as scheduled and will instead host a free education engagement with staff and students.

The institution took its third term break early, following disruptive demonstration by students demanding free education.

The university senate resolved in a meeting yesterday that instead of opening on Monday it will engage with staff and students on the question of free higher education.

Management says the purpose of the meeting is to develop a shared university response to the national call for free quality education.

It says the senate made the decision in consultation with the SRC and other universities which are facing similar challenges.

Management has, however, noted the concern from parents who are anxious for the academic programme to continue but says that in the interests of safety and in light of violence on other campuses it is important that this route be followed before resuming classes.

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