Disruptions Impact Learning At Western Cape Universities


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While the academic year commenced at several higher education institutions got underway this week, two universities based in the Western Cape have encountered protests. Student Representatives are working to resolve the current issues.

 


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Disruptions are currently taking place at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC). It is believed that the protests are related to fee blocks, registration and financial exclusion.

Protests at UCT which began on Monday and continued on the second day of the academic year. The protests took place on the university’s lower campus.

UCT called on students to make alternative transportation arrangements as their shuttle service was temporarily suspended after roads on campus were blocked.

“Please note that due to disruptions on upper and lower campuses on Tuesday, 14 February 2023, UCT Shuttle services have been temporarily suspended as some roads on campus are inaccessible,” explained the university.

The University also revealed that physical library facilities will remain closed on Tuesday. Students were advised to make use of the virtual library services.

UCT Library said, “Please note the physical library facilities will continue to remain closed today. All virtual library services are available to you. Visit our website for access to services.”
 
The UCT SRC have issued a number of demands to the university. They are calling for the lifting of fee blocks,  Reopening of the registration period for at least five (5) working days after the fee block is lifted

They are further calling for students who have been excluded from residences that are academically eligible to continue and must be provided with student accommodation and the suspension of academic activity until fee blocks are lifted and the extended registrations have closed.

Student protests also occurred on Monday at UWC. It is understood that similar concerns are being raised by the institutions SRC and student unions. They confirmed that disruptions did occur on Tuesday but said it was not affecting classes.
 
In an email received by a student, it indicates that classes have been moved online to mitigate the impact of the disruption. It is yet to be determined if this will be the case for all faculties.

This is a developing story and may be updated to include new information.

 

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Disruptions are currently underway at the University of Cape Town and students have been advised to make alternative arrangements. This as the university is engaging with the Student Representative Council to resolve issues.

 






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