Universities to decide outcome for 2016 academic year

Out of the 26 universities across the country, 11 resumed their academic programmes successfully today.

Chief executive officer of Universities SA, Prof. Ahmed Bawa, says about six universities are also expected to reopen before the end of this week.

However, disruptions and violence erupted at Wits University today when university resumed academic activities.

Bawa says there are three options discussed by universities regarding the ongoing student protests for free education which have disrupted academic activities for four weeks.

  1. The programme continues with a large police presence on campus.

  2. To continue with this on and off approach- have lectures for a few days and shut down.

  3. To shut down universities for an undefined period of time until we are confident that universities can return to activities.

He says there is a need for dramatic change and universities are quickly getting to the decision-making point.

If a university loses four weeks, that's the third of a semester. The idea that somehow you can cover the teaching that's required to complete the academic programme in the next few weeks is becoming increasingly difficult to conceptualise.

Prof. Ahmed Bawa, CEO of Universities SA

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