UFS vice- chan­cel­lor ex­pects chal­lenges

The New Age (Free State) - - FRONT PAGE - KAMOGELO SEEKOEI

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.

Fran­cis Petersen

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