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Vandals halt CPUT Bellville exams again

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Final exams for CPUT students at the Bellville campus, which were scheduled to commence on Monday, have once again been brought to a halt after examination venues were vandalised.

The institution said the destruction happened on Sunday night.

“The venue is being cleaned up and we are determined to have it ready for the afternoon session at 14:00,” the Cape Peninsula University of Technology management said in a statement.

“Exams at Wellington campus and Wingfield Military Base will continue as normal this morning.”

The campus has seen weeks of violent protests with property destroyed as some students demanded the scrapping of their existing debt.

Scores of students have been arrested and charged with public violence. They were scheduled to return to court next month.

Meanwhile, the majority of students who had lived in the Bellville campus residences left the campus last week after receiving notice from the institution that they should vacate the premises by November 18.

Following the weeks of interruptions to the academic activities, the institution said students could write their 2015 final exams at the beginning of next year.

“We realise that this was a very difficult time for students and therefore a decision was taken to allow students who for whatever reason feel that they are not ready to write the examination now to sit for the re-assessments in January next year,” CPUT management said.

“Students wishing to exercise this option must please make arrangements with their respective faculty managers.” News24


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