As most students across the Western Cape face financial and academic exclusion due to #FeesMustFall 2015 protests they are left with turbulent uncertainty.
The UWC SRC demands that the historical debt of students be cleared.
“Historical debt has always served as a barrier to students prohibiting from registering because if your fees are not settled you can’t get fees clearance and then you can’t register. So we have tried to overcome this with protest action and negotiation with the institution,” says SRC deputy president Lukhanyiso Matebese.
Most of these students now face financial exclusion struggling to find funding.
The student body is calling for the scrap of up front registration fee as it serves as a barrier to students.
They demand that the academic and financial status of the student should be taken into consideration.
Others are left with academic exclusion left without anywhere to turn.
With 30% of students across the country being academically excluded youths are faced with conflicting problems besides finances.
“There is underlining factors besides financial issues,” says Matebese.
A large portion of these students blame their academic status on the postponement of examinations by tertiary institutions.
The council says that protest conditions will not become volatile although the student body is unsatisfied with the circumstances of the university.
It stresses that free education is of paramount importance for economic success.
The SRC urges students to voice their opinions but not in a violent way.
The council emphasizes that the Fees Must Fall movement has been a key role player into assisting students to obtain free education.
It appeals to students around the campus to stress the seriousness of their academic progress.VOC