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WC universities look to resume classes

Students have been protesting over the past four weeks, calling for free higher education.

FILE: CPUT Bellville Fees2017 protesters sing before the general assembly with the Vice Chancellor. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

CAPE TOWN - While some Western Cape universities are preparing to continue with their academic activities from today, others are still engaging with students on the way forward.

The University of Cape Town (UCT), University of the Western Cape (UWC) as well as the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) had to shut down after violent protests erupted on its campuses.

Students have been protesting over the past four weeks, calling for free higher education.

CPUT has since decided to relocate its 'essential operations' to a military base where exams are set to start later this week.

Following violent protests last week, the institution's Lauren Kansley says their campuses have been quiet over the weekend.

"We had some classes taking place at Wingfield on Saturday and then we should be starting the first of our assessments from Wednesday."

UCT vice-chancellor Max Price says the academic year must continue from today.

"The plan involves a minimal use of classroom activities and a variety of blended learning activities which will vary from faculty to faculty."

The University of the Western Cape's Luthando Tyhalibongo says the institution will decide on the way forward at the conclusion of today's meeting.

The University of Stellenbosch's Martin Viljoen says all activities at the institution will continue as scheduled.