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UCT Faculty of Health Sciences suspends academic year

The medical undergraduate courses for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students has been suspended.

FILE: UCT upper campus is a main gathering spot for Fees2017 protesters to discuss their grievances. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) has suspended medical undergraduate courses for first, second and third year students for the rest of the year.

Management has indicated the remainder of the course curriculums and examinations will be concluded in a mini-semester January next year.



The Health Sciences Faculty adds it anticipates the first teaching activities for the 2017 academic year will start later than usual.

Students in this category have been instructed to return home immediately.

STUDENTS TOO SCARED TO ATTEND LECTURES

UCT says some health sciences students have not attended classes because of their involvement in student protests.

Management says others have been too scared to attend lectures.

The varsity's Elijah Moholola says conditions have deteriorated to the point where face-to-face teaching is impossible.

"It was recognised that when classes resumed on Monday, protests had continued and they were disruptions to face-to-face classes making it impossible to continue in that format."

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