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Contingency plans in place if UWC fails to re-open on Monday

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) says it has contingency plans in place if management cannot reach a resolution with student protesters.

University management has invited student representatives to meet and engage on their demands, with the hope that an agreement can be reached while classes resume.

UWC spokesperson Luthando Tyhalibongo says classes have been suspended at UWC for the remainder of the week.

Two weeks of the academic programme have been lost and only two more remain on the calendar before exams are due two start.

Management may have to push exams back (due to start on November 7) if classes resume on Monday, Tyhalibongo explains.

While contingency plans have been discussed over potentially prolonged disruptions, Tyhalibongo is not at liberty to share that information publicly.

There are various plans about how the university would respond should we not open next week Monday, or should the strike continue.

Luthando Tyhalibongo, UWC spokesperson

In the meantime, management has introduced blended learning for students with internet access.

Tyhalibongo explains that students are able to interact with lecturers and lecture notes as well as submit tests and assignments online.

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