#Fees2017: Cape universities proceed to with final exams

UCT has beefed up security ahead of exams, while UWC students will write at five locations off campus.

FILE: Students at the University of Cape Town are holding a silent demonstration in support of the resumption of lecture and academic activity. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The University of the Western Cape (UWC) says despite threats to disrupt the final exams, they will go ahead as planned today.

Students will write the exams at five locations off campus.

Volatile student protests have sporadically delayed the academic programme.

UWC’s Luthando Tyhalibongo says, “There are off campus venues where examinations will be written. We will do what’s necessary to ensure that examinations continue and that there aren’t any interruptions.”

Meanwhile, at the University of Cape Town (UCT), exams will also proceed from today amid tight security.

UCT was forced to continue the academic year online last month as protesters disrupted campus activities, despite an increase in security measures.

Today's examinations will start under strict security measures and students are advised not to bring bags.

However, students with bags will be checked by safety personnel outside the exam venue.

Access to these venues will also be checked using students’ registration records.

UCT also holds an interdict by the Western Cape High Court, making the disruption of exams unlawful.

In a statement, the university says police are directed to assist in enforcing the order in case there are disruptions.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)