UCT SRC: Heavy security at exam venues creates added strain on students

Increased security measures at UCT will add to the stress faced by students, says SRC president Karabo Khakhau.

The SRC has slammed the university for creating an abnormal environment for student to write their exams.

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UCT has beefed up its security for final exams, with private security guards with German shepherds patrolling the campus grounds.

The institution has also erected tents on its rugby fields to be used as makeshift exam venues.

The temporary exam centre has been dubbed 'November Hall' and comes after weeks of disruptions on campus.

Khakhau says the SRC was not consulted regarding the plans.

While the majority of student want to write year-end exams, she says the current conditions could traumatise black students, in particular.

The SRC was not consulted with this decision. However, we had meeting with management to bring this problem to their attention.

Karabo Khakhau, UCT SRC president

There's already a level of anxiety that every student has going into an exam, with the stress of passing or failing.

Karabo Khakhau, UCT SRC president

It's not normal... Some students feel that they are automatically suspects by virtue of their blackness.

Karabo Khakhau, UCT SRC president

Take a listen her reflect views on campus:

Images by Wandile Kasibe via @VernacNews on Twitter.


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : UCT SRC: Heavy security at exam venues creates added strain on students


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