Streaming issues? Report here
money-show-thumbnailjpg
The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield
18:00 - 20:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: Tonight with Lester Kiewit
See full line-up
The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield
18:00 - 20:00
Home
arrow_forward
Local

DUT, Wits SRC detail registration and accommodation setbacks amid shutdown calls

12 February 2019 12:33 PM
Tags:
Wits
Student protests
NSFAS
Department of Higher Education
Protests
SRC
Registration
Historical debt
dut
accomodation
university shutdown
Diane Parker
Students have been protesting against registration hurdles, limited accommodation, historic debt and non-payment by NSFAS.

Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor has been meeting with student representatives from various institutions this week amid calls for the national shutdown of universities.

This comes after protests at a number of universities this week, including Wits University, Vaal University of Technology (VUT) and Durban University of Technology (DUT).

Students have been protesting against a number of issues, including registration hurdles, limited accommodation, historic debt and non-payment by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

Read: Parliament to subpoena security company involved in fatal DUT shooting

Third-year DUT student Mlungisi Madonsela died after he was caught in the crossfire between authorities and protesting students last week.

DUT speaks

DUT SRC president Sesiyanda Godlimpi says the institution does not have enough space to accommodate learners and has failed to clear NSFAS candidates in order for them to either register or obtain their qualifications.

We want the university to increase the number of beds it has available for students. We are also having a problem with the university unblocking the students, despite a clear direction given by NSFAS.

Sesiyanda Godlimpi, SRC president - Durban University of Technology

In terms of historical debt, we have students who have graduated last year but don't have their qualifications because NSFAS hasn't cleared their historical debt.

Sesiyanda Godlimpi, SRC president - Durban University of Technology

Wits speaks

Wits SRC member Sibongile Sibeko says university management has reneged on an agreement to allow qualifying students who owe R100 000 or less to register despite their debt.

Sibeko adds that many senior students were left without university accommodation this year as management gave preference to first-years.

Read also: Wits has a limited number of beds under its control, says deputy VC

However, many of the senior students have been left out in the cold and can't afford private accommodation.

There is a general distrust between the student populous and university management.

Sibongile Sibeko, Gender and transformation officer - Wits SRC

We were not told that this was going to happen. The university did not make alternative arrangements for the people that have been kicked out of these residences to have a place to stay in 2019.

Sibongile Sibeko, Gender and transformation officer - Wits SRC

There needs to be a plan in place. It can't be that in 2019, students are sleeping in the SRC offices, in toilets, in libraries and all over the university.

Sibongile Sibeko, Gender and transformation officer - Wits SRC

Higher Education responds

Meanwhile, the Department of Higher Education says NSFAS-qualifying students who owe funds can be registered as long as they sign an acknowledgement of debt form.

Deputy Director-General (DDG) Dr Diane Parker says the department is working on the administrative issues affecting historical debt and NSFAS candidates.

Parker says the department will investigate why universities have not cleared NSFAS-qualifying students to register.

We have to sort this out. There shouldn't be any NSFAS-qualifying student who is unable to register, even if they have historic debt with an institution. We have to get that information and deal with that.

Dr Diane Parker, Deputy director-general - Department of Higher Education

Listen to the in-depth discussion with Africa Melane on The Eusebius McKaiser Show:


This article first appeared on 702 : DUT, Wits SRC detail registration and accommodation setbacks amid shutdown calls


12 February 2019 12:33 PM
Tags:
Wits
Student protests
NSFAS
Department of Higher Education
Protests
SRC
Registration
Historical debt
dut
accomodation
university shutdown
Diane Parker

More from Local

joe-slovo-school-policejpg

Cape learners warned that violence, crime and ill-discipline won't be tolerated

19 February 2020 5:27 PM

The provincial head of education, Brian Schreuder, says a total of 132 pupils were expelled from Western Cape schools in 2019.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

brain-audience-2020jpg

[WATCH] Dis-Chem Brain of CapeTalk Quarter-Finals so far...who'll win the final?

19 February 2020 1:40 PM

Watch the first three quarter-finals and get to Tygervalley on Saturday morning for the last one and the final play-offs.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

170426-mouton-wreathsedjpg

Cop killings continue: How can police members be protected in their communities?

19 February 2020 11:57 AM

Community conflict specialist Eldred de Klerk discusses SA's pathology of violence and how SAPS should be protecting their own.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

141201BoKaapFire01.jpg

An estimated R1.6m spent on Slanghoek fire, which is now fully contained

19 February 2020 11:33 AM

The fire in the Slanghoek Valley has been fully contained and all crew have stood down.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

beach-bioluminescence-tide-ocean-glow-blue-123rf

Why Kogel Bay beach glows in bright, blue luminescence

19 February 2020 11:30 AM

Gordan’s Bay residents and visitors to the area were recently treated to an unforgettable show.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

191114-philippi-horticulturjpg

Landmark ruling halts Philippi Horticultural Area urban development

19 February 2020 9:02 AM

Judge Savage ruled in the Western Cape High Court the suspension of the construction of the mixed urban development project.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Gavel of judge in law court legal 123rflegal 123rf

Computers seized during SIU raids returned to Master’s Offices - Justice Dept

18 February 2020 4:41 PM

The Department of Justice and Correctional Services says computers were returned to most jurisdictions across the country on Monday.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

forries-2020jpg

Owner of 'Forries' in Newlands celebrates 30 years at the helm of the iconic pub

18 February 2020 3:29 PM

Lorraine Muir was only 23 years old when she took ownership of The Foresters Arms 30 years ago, and reflects on the pub's evolution.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

forries-ancientjpg

[IN PICS] The history of Foresters Arms

18 February 2020 2:54 PM

A selection of images showing the evolution of the Foresters Arms pub - an institution.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

151016Wits11.jpg

Adam Habib: I leave Wits in a strong position

18 February 2020 1:25 PM

After almost eight years as vice-chancellor at Wits University, Adam Habib is stepping down.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward