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VUT not prepared to lose what remains of 2016 academic programme

The institution says exams are underway and that it will ensure that the academic year concludes timeously.

Vaal University of Technology students clashed with police on Thursday.Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) says it's not prepared to lose what remains of its academic programme due to student protests.

The university increased security at its Vanderbijlpark campus yesterday, where students were protesting for free education and to have suspended student leaders return to the institution.

The institution says exams are underway and that it will ensure that the academic year concludes timeously.

The university says closing the institution due to protests by some students isn't an option.

VUT's Mike Khuboni says: "We'll remain operational as we don't want to lose this academic year. We've got students who are dependent on NSFAS. I we shut down, they will definitely not get funding."

The institution says it hopes to have a meeting with student leaders - to understand why protests are taking place.

It says it can only speculate at this point that the demonstrations are happening as a means of solidarity with expelled and suspended students.

Watch: #FeesMustFall: VUT students clash with police