The University of the Western Cape (UWC) has cancelled exams that were scheduled to start on Monday amid threats by protesting students.
The university on Friday issued a statement on its website that it is deeply concerned about the continuation of the examinations in the current format.
“The latest developments at CPUT which threatened to spill over to UWC, together with many claims made by the protesting students, in meetings and on various social media platforms that allow examinations to take place, have necessitated the university management to deliberate over their decision to continue with examinations on Monday, 16 November 2016.
“The university has in an attempt to ensure the safety of our students, management, together with deans, deputy deans, other senior academics from the faculties, and endorsed by Senate Executive Committee, have considered alternative ways to allow students to complete this academic year. We acknowledge that this is not ideal, however, given the abnormality of the situation we have no option but to offer students an opportunity that will avoid any personal harm,” said the registrar’s office.
The graduation ceremonies scheduled for December 11 have also been cancelled.
The university has however decided that all final year students across all faculties will participate in some form of assessment, which will take place off-campus.
Meanwhile the African National Congress Women’s League in the Western Cape’s provincial co-ordinator Vuyiwe Hani said they supported and encouraged peaceful exams.
“Education is a fundamental human right deserved by all children in this country. The ANC Women’s League Western Cape is encouraged by President Zuma’s decision not to increase fees next year. We hope that this decision is an indication towards realizing free education,” said Hani.
Hani also added: “As parents, we know exactly the toll the weight of university fees can take on families, but we would be amiss not to acknowledge the huge strides in easing that weight that the ANC government has taken over the period, through such interventions as NSFAS and University subsidies and we know that the journey to complete free education is one the ANC is singularly committed to.” News24