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UCT suspends classes for 2 days

The institution says the decision was taken primarily to ensure the safety of students and staff amid disruptive behaviour.

FILE: University of Cape Town. Pictures: Facebook/Michael Currin.

CAPE TOWN - Following disruptions at the University of Cape Town (UCT), the institution has decided to suspend face-to-face classes for the next two days.

The institution says the decision was taken primarily to ensure the safety of students and staff amid disruptive behaviour.

A private security firm is further assisting Campus Protection Services in securing buildings and monitoring the situation.

UCT says Public Order Police are also on campus as a result of disruptions on Thursday morning and the blockages of public roads.

The University's Elijah Moholola said: “The reason for the suspensions is primarily for the safety of students and staff. Blended-learning model will be implemented were possible and course conveners will communicate further on how teaching will continue over the next few days.”

CPUT

At the same time, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) says it would have preferred to have already had the Fees Commission report.

Like other tertiary institutions, CPUT is still waiting for President Jacob Zuma to release the document that looks into the feasibility of free higher education.

The issue has been highlighted by protesting students recently.

CPUT’s executive director Ocatvia Mkhabela said: “We’d have liked to have it on Wednesday, because, our ability to plan as an institution going forward in preparation for 2018 largely hinges on what that report contains. The longer it is kept out of sector and public, the less we’re able to plan.”

WATCH: Protesting UCT students disrupt exam

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)