Ft Hare stu­dents re­turn to lec­tures after protests

Daily Dispatch - - News - By LU­CAS NOWICKI

STU­DENTS at the Uni­ver­sity of Fort Hare re­turned to class on Tues­day after two weeks of protests against the Na­tional Stu­dent Fi­nan­cial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for not pay­ing more than 1 000 stu­dents travel and meal al­lowances.

The protests were also di­rected at uni­ver­sity man­age­ment for power cuts‚ wa­ter out­ages and poor wifi con­nec­tiv­ity in stu­dent res­i­dences.

Stu­dents de­cided to end the ac­tion at a mass meet­ing on Sun­day after a suc­cess­ful meet­ing be­tween the Stu­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil (SRC) and uni­ver­sity man­age­ment.

SRC pres­i­dent Mo­suli Cwele said: “We agreed on a num­ber of is­sues and they agreed that they will re­solve all the griev­ances we have raised as stu­dents.”

How­ever‚ the boy­cott con­tin­ued on Mon­day be­cause the SRC wanted a writ­ten com­mit­ment from vice-chan­cel­lor Sakhela Buh­lungu on their griev­ances and a time­frame to re­solve them.

On Mon­day night the uni­ver­sity man­age­ment gave a pre­sen­ta­tion ex­plain­ing how the is­sues raised by stu­dents would be ad­dressed.

Fol­low­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion‚ Cwele con­firmed that stu­dents would be­gin lec­tures on Tues­day.

Man­age­ment agreed to pay out­stand­ing awards; im­me­di­ate pay­ment to all NSFAS stu­dents who had signed loan agree­ments; work with the SRC to en­cour­age stu­dents who had not yet signed the agree­ments to do so; with­draw pri­vate se­cu­rity once cam­pus was calm; build a wa­ter reser­voir on cam­pus and in­stall two more wa­ter pumps; fix a faulty elec­tric­ity box caus­ing out­ages; up­grade wifi in­fra­struc­ture‚ and de­vise an aca­demic catch-up plan for the two weeks lost.

● This re­port was orig­i­nally pub­lished GroundUp ( http://www.groundup.org.za ). by

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