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Protest-hit Cape universities to start exams next week

University of Cape Town vice-chancellor Max Price says they have plans in place to ensure exams go ahead.

FILE: 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 - Exams at Cape universities are set to start this week despite recent protests.

In October, hundreds of students protested and marched to Parliament.

Their demands include a zero-fee increase and the release of the Heher Commission report on the feasibility of free education.

University of Cape Town (UCT) vice-chancellor Max Price says they have plans in place to ensure exams go ahead.

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s Lauren Kansley says the institution will also ensure exams continue, with assessments starting this week.

“We’ve had an incident-free assessment period to date, the only unusual aspect is the addition of a large tent.”

The University of the Western Cape’s Luthando Tyalibongo says students have begun preparing for exams which start on 20 November.

“During this week the new SRC was inaugurated. The president of the SRC committed to an undisrupted exam period, therefore, we’re hopeful that exams will go ahead without any disruptions.”

President Jacob Zuma is yet to release the much anticipated Heher Commission report.