Students Take Part In University National Shutdown

The South African Union of Students have been urging the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Dr Bonginkosi Blade Nzimande to meet their demands or further action would be taken. Now, together with the student representative presidents and secretary-generals have resolved to embark on a national shutdown of all universities until their demands are met.

A national shutdown of universities is currently under way at some public universities across the country.

Here is a reminder of the demands that need to be met.

1. Allocation of debt relief fund for clearance of student debts and all students with historical debts must be allowed to register.

2. Students must be given their academic records and certificates despite them owing universities.

3. Post-graduate students and B-Techs must be allowed to register. We are demanding postgraduate funding.

4. Correct accreditation process for private accommodation.

5. Free registration for vulnerable, poor and missing middle students.

6. Re- opening of NSFAS applications for new students and walk inns.

7. We demand revision of DHET bursary guidelines to include submissions made by SRC Presidents last year especially on off campus students allowances and free sanitary towels for woman students.

8. Increase of enrollment quotas amidst the high pass matric rate of 83.1 %.

9. A clear implementation plan for student Mental health, safety and security in campuses.

10. We demand the inclusion of UNISA in all allowances.

11. DHET must address the shortage of student accommodation, decaying infrastructure for teaching and learning.

12. Expedite the NSFAS appeals process and elimination of n+1 and reinstatement of n+2 rule.

13. Food security for hungry poor students who are unfunded.

14. Improving the central application process and redesign the CACH to avoid excluding students.

15. Fees must fall in all universities that increased fees without consultation with the SRC.

They end off this list of demands by saying:"We are ready for anything if the above demands are not attended as a matter of urgency."

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