Steven Tau
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26 Oct 2015
9:11 am

EFF students’ decision shocks – Wits strike continues

Steven Tau

Not only is the decision to continue with the #FeesMustFall protest action disappointing, but it will also put in jeopardy the academic futures of many students who will not be able to pass or graduate, Wits University Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib, said.

A student leader joins other students in song as they march. Picture: Refilwe Modise

This after EFF student command leader Mpho Morolane yesterday told The Citizen that the protest action will continue indefinitely.

“The decision was taken at the weekend following the meeting with President Jacob Zuma, university Vice-Chancellors and student leaders on Friday, when he (Zuma) failed to resolve other issues students raised, except for the announcement of the 0% tuition fee increase for 2016,” said Morolane.

“When the President says there will be a 0% tuition fee increase for next year, what will happen beyond 2016? Students are demanding free education for all, and we are aware of the exams’ time lost, but we are fighting for access to education and therefore cannot focus on our personal education achievements while many others are struggling to gain access to tertiary education.”

Another issue which protesting students want to be resolved is the in-sourcing of all workers. Responding further to the continuation of the student protest, Habib said a senate meeting has been scheduled for today, to decide on the academic programme.

“If the protest action continues, then it will certainly have a negative impact on the academic programme,” he said. He added Wits will remain closed today. As in elsewhere where similar protest action were held, students from the Stellenbosch university are advised to contact their respective faculties today to confirm details related to the postponement of the final examination of 2015.

University management and Deans decided on Friday the start of the final examination for 2015 would be postponed by a week, as will the second examination opportunity. This includes all forms of assessment (exams, continuous and flexible assessments, and assignments). –