Calm re­stored on Unisa cam­puses

Cape Times - - FRONT PAGE - GOITSEMANG TLHABYE [email protected]

THE im­passe be­tween stu­dents and man­age­ment at Unisa cam­puses coun­try­wide has fi­nally been re­solved, bring­ing to an end a week of dis­rup­tions, with op­er­a­tions due back on track to­day.

The Stu­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil and the in­sti­tu­tion signed an agree­ment on Satur­day that saw a stu­dent strike called off im­me­di­ately and a prom­ise by the in­sti­tu­tion that nor­mal­ity would re­turn to­day.

The break­through was made by the par­ties dur­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions within the univer­sity; as well as con­struc­tive en­gage­ment with the Depart­ment of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing, fo­cus­ing on the reg­is­tra­tion chal­lenges at Unisa, which in­cluded ac­cred­i­ta­tion, en­rol­ment plan­ning, pro­vi­sion of lap­tops and other mat­ters.

All cam­puses were dis­rupted last week, that saw their reg­is­tra­tion sus­pended.

Unisa said yes­ter­day the univer­sity and the SRC had con­cluded and signed an agree­ment fol­low­ing ro­bust meet­ings which be­gan on Tues­day.

Univer­sity spokesper­son Martin Ramot­shela said: “The univer­sity de­cided to ap­proach the court to ob­tain an in­ter­dict in or­der to en­sure that it brings to an end the dis­rup­tive ef­fect of the stu­dent strike on its op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing deny­ing staff and stu­dents ac­cess to the premises of the univer­sity for the pur­pose of work and/or re­ceiv­ing ser­vices on reg­is­tra­tion and re­lated mat­ters.”

Among some of the is­sues raised by stu­dents were the lack of ad­mis­sion of prospec­tive stu­dents look­ing to study fur­ther.

Wadzanani Mazhetese, Unisa na­tional SRC pres­i­dent, said many stu­dents had been cry­ing fol­low­ing the ex­clu­sion of ap­prox­i­mately 120 000, some­thing he said made them feel re­jected.

Re­gard­ing ac­cred­i­ta­tion of cour­ses, Ramot­shela ad­mit­ted an er­ror was made by the univer­sity in load­ing cer­tain cour­ses be­fore they were ac­cred­ited by the South African Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Au­thor­ity (SAQA).

To date, he said, fol­low­ing en­gage­ment with the depart­ment, a com­mit­ment had been made to fa­cil­i­tate a meet­ing with SAQA, the Coun­cil on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion (CHE) and the univer­sity man­age­ment.

Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Min­is­ter., Naledi Pan­dor wel­comed the suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion of an agree­ment be­tween the par­ties.

She said she was pleased that ad­min­is­tra­tive and aca­demic ac­tiv­i­ties were set to re­sume and thanked the man­age­ment, stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the of­fi­cials of her depart­ment for their ef­forts.

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