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Nzimande to meet with SRC leaders on Thursday

Monday 11 January 2016 21:41


Students at the university started protesting against registration fees earlier on Monday.(SABC)

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande will meet the leaders of student representative councils on Thursday. He has urged student leaders to talk to him if they still have problems over university fees.

Nzimande was reacting to the news that #FeesMustFall protests had resumed at Wits University and at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).  

Unisa's Sunnyside campus was closed in Pretoria following violent outsourcing protests. Nzimande earlier unveiled a plan to avert protests.  

This includes R10 billion for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), and a further R6.9 billion to cover students whose financial aid was not paid for the last three years.

Meanwhile, Wits University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Tawana Kupe says: “We are going to do online and telephonic registrations. We will resume face to face registrations for 3 faculties on Wednesday because in those faculties like Humanities and Science students need to walk in and choose specific subjects from a variety of courses. In the faculties where we are registering now it’s what we call an extra-curriculum. If you are not choosing anything so you can actually register online.” 

Professor Kupe also says the registration fee has been cancelled. 

“We have phased out registration fees. However, if a student has the money to pay something that’s fine by us. If they are not able to pay something they must just fill in a form that says they are not paying. You don't have to prove that you can't pay.”  

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