Intervarsity News

CHAD JOHNSTON

University of Stellenbosch

The University of Stellenbosch has revised its admissions policy for 2018. The university released a statement over the weekend in which it was stated that the university “recognises the need to reserve places for socio-economically disadvantaged students, regardless of racial classification”. The policy aims to admit students who meet the minimum requirements for a particular course but would otherwise not be admitted to the course of their preference. According to the statement “the long-term objective of the policy is to contribute to a non-racial and equal society no longer requiring race-based redress” 

Tshwane University of Technology

TUT’s Pretoria campus was shut down on 15 February due to overnight protests. TUT management confirmed to EWN that students started several fires. However, management could not disclose the extent of the damage or how many buildings were affected. According to another article published by EWN, students demanded that the university lease nearby buildings and subsidise food. Students warned that disruptions would continue, should their demands not be met. 

Rhodes University

Rhodes University hosted a media briefing in Port Elizabeth on 14 February as the university prepared to open for the academic year. “The recent #FeesMustFall protests have brought to the fore the unequal distribution of resources in our society. This is a recipe for instability. We cannot continue to be indifferent to the plight of the poor in our society,” said Dr Sizwe Mabizela, Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University. Mabizela also touched on the issue of free education saying, “… in the short to medium term, we believe that free education should be provided to poor and academically deserving students. We must devise financially sustainable mechanisms to fund the missing middle. These are the children of civil servants; they are so heavily indebted that they cannot even access loans to finance their children’s education. It is critical that the government find ways to assist these children to access education. Government should prioritise funding for the higher education system”. 

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

NMMU have condemned an alleged arson attack which occurred on 11 February. A petrol bomb was thrown at a building on the south campus and students allegedly threw stones at several windows. ‘Fees Must Fall’ was also spray-painted on the walls.

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