UFS vice- chancellor expects challenges
THE University of the Free State vicechancellor and rector, Francis Petersen, said he was under no illusion that leading the institution into a new frontier would be easy.
Top of his list was to deal with the thorny issues of deregistration, fees, safety on and off campus and diversity and transformation.
He said the university had appointed a task team that was reviewing the process. “The questions to ask is do we tighten the process with honesty and compliance to the agreement or look at a new process altogether,” he said.
Speaking to the media at a press breakfast yesterday, Petersen said since his appointment, he had been speaking to different groups on the three campuses, from staff to students.
Petersen said during consultations with students, free education was an issue and was raised more than once.
Students also raised the issue of safety both on and off campus.
“We are currently considering accrediting some of the houses that offer accommodation to our students because some of them are not safe. Doing that will set a standard that will be followed by all off campus houses,” he said.
He said he expected things to flare up again when the presidential commission on fees releases its report.