UKZN students want an education and need to examine, however, insist on a 0 percent fee increase, the institution’s SRC Deputy President stated on Thursday.
Howard College campus students had embarked on calm sit-ins and were refusing to attend courses, Sunshine Myende advised News24.
“We cannot continue to go to class if items are like this. Finally, we need the authorities to declare the 0 percent fee increment,” she explained.
Quite a few metro police, Saps officers and private security guards were on campus on Thursday.
Myende said students blamed the university’s executive management committee to the chaos on campus.
“We have issues here for quite a while. From the appalling conditions of the residence into our poor curriculum, the university isn’t listening to us.”
She said students were angry, but were willing to maintain the peace, for today.
“People shouldn’t get this understanding that we don’t want to study. We do we would like to receive our degrees.”
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Myende called on the authorities to provide leadership in the debate over tertiary education prices.
UKZN spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said in a statement that courses in the Edgewood, Nelson Mandela Medical School and Westville campuses had not been affected. He said evaluations were interrupted on the Howard College and Pietermaritzburg campuses.
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced on Monday that universities might decide their own fee rises for 2017, however that these could not exceed 8 percent. He said authorities would find the money to help financially needy students.
Students from households with an yearly income of up to R600 000 would receive subsidy funds to cover the difference between the 2015 fees along with the adjusted fee for 2017, to get increments up to 8 percent.
This meant that all National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)-qualifying students along with the so-called “missing middle” would have no fee rises in 2017. The latter are students whose families earn too much to qualify for NSFAS financing, but that cannot cover tertiary education.
Source: News24 Cable
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