The council of the University of Cape Town (UCT) has decided to lift the fee block that has prevented students from registering for the 2022 academic year
“Consequently, Council has made a number of resolutions. In this regard, the current fee block on student registrations should be removed for the 2022 academic year for all students who are eligible to re-register on academic grounds.”
In the midst of a three-day-long student protest, the council held a special meeting on Monday afternoon. The council met to discuss the tough issue of unpaid fees, which prohibited some students from re-registering for the following academic year.
The chairperson of the council, Babalwa Ngonyama, further stated "Cumulative fee debt at UCT currently stands at R317.8 million. At the same time, we provide financial support every year to about 50% of our undergraduate students and about 35% of our postgraduate students. For the 2021 academic year, this financial support amounted to approximately R1.7 billion."
She added the council agreed to suspend the fee-block for some students, but not all, as the fee-block suspension was only approved for students re-registering.
This suspension was for one year only and, for the 2022 academic year, students with fee arrears of more than R10 000 have so far not been permitted to register, subject to appeal,
Furthermore, UCT council resolved that its executive will receive current financial aid and fees policies, to develop proposals for reform that will align with Vision 2030 with the objective of ensuring that the allocation of financial assistance is aligned with demonstrable financial need.
Adding that the Student Representative Council will be invited to participate in a joint working group with university management to ensure that students meant to benefit from the fee-block complete their registrations.