MPs: UCT has a long way to go for meaningful transformation

Students have raised several issues that they say are fuelling demonstrations.

UCT vice chancellor Max Price (second from right) and his management team at a briefing on 2 November 2017. Picture: Graig-Lee Smith/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Members of Parliament (MPs) say that the University of Cape Town (UCT) still has a long way to go in meaningfully transforming the institution.

Parliament's portfolio committee on higher education met with UCT management and student leaders on Thursday during an oversight visit.

Students have raised several issues that they say are fuelling demonstrations, including growing frustration over the Fees Commission report which has yet to be officially released.

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Committee chairperson Cornelia September says that the university council and government need to address issues which have been raised.

“All the things we’ve heard here is that UCT has not arrived at complete transformation. The race issue is very deep still. We will await the other issues that students will raise in the submission they’ll make.”

UCT management, however, says they’ve made tremendous progress with transformation.

UCT vice-chancellor Max Price says while hikes are inevitable, progress has been made on other issues, such as dealing with sexual offences on campus and transforming the curriculum.

Price adds that UCT’s management is constantly speaking to students, not only through the SRC.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)