National 22.9.2016 10:18 am

UJ students to meet over fee hikes

UJ main campus. Picture: Twitter

UJ main campus. Picture: Twitter

UJ’s SRC says it will hold a meeting to discuss how it will respond to government’s announced fee support initiative.

Students at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) will meet next week when their academic recess ends to discuss looming 2017 fee hikes.

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The UJ Student Representative Council (SRC) on Thursday said the consultative meeting would also discuss student debt, the use of bouncers by the university and “victimisation of students”.

The SRC has meanwhile rejected an invitation to a meeting with university management after Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announcement this week that it was up to universities to determine their own fees increments, which would be capped at eight percent.

“We as the SRC rejected that invite because it came at a wrong time, not only because this is during recess but because we strongly believe that students, besides the SRC, need to be given an opportunity to make an input,” the SRC said in a statement.

The university’s week-long academic recess ends on Sunday.

Lectures at various institutions of higher learning ground to a halt this week amid fresh protests by students demanding a no-fee hike until government implements free higher education.

Violence broke out at Gauteng’s Witwatersrand University on Tuesday and Wednesday as protesters clashed with police and private security at the Braamfontein campus.

Thirty-one protesters were arrested for contravening the institution’s court interdict that prohibited disruption of the academic programme and lectures.

Students also protested for free education at the Western Cape’s University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University, the Eastern Cape’s Nelson Mandela Metropolitan and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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The University of the North West’s Mafikeng campus told students and staff through social media on Thursday to vacate the campus until further notice, due to safety concerns.

African News Agency (ANA)

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