22 November 2017

South Africa: Universities in Limbo As All Goes Quiet On Student Fees

Exams written in tents; cash rewards for information about people destroying campus property; ongoing student arrests. Beyond these aspects, end-of-year exams at South Africa's universities are proceeding relatively peacefully. Behind the scenes, though, there is considerable uncertainty as to what the future holds. Decisions have to be made by December about student fees for 2018, but there's still no word from the Department of Higher Education as to what its recommendations will be. Following rumours of a fee-free plan to be pushed through by President Zuma, meanwhile, the Presidency has also fallen silent on the matter.

Motorists driving past the University of Cape Town's campus over the last few weeks may have seen a circus-like structure erected on the university's rugby fields. The fenced-off tents, guarded by security, are hosting the bulk of UCT's exams.

Announcing the "unusual step", UCT vice chancellor Max Price explained in a statement that it was motivated by the university's "firm commitment to the students who want to write their exams and see the academic year through to its end". He further stated that security officers would be stationed within the exam tents to intercept "any protesters who are students, and therefore...

South Africa

Manyonga Leaps to Victory, Shange Sets SA Record

Long jump star Luvo Manyonga and race walker Lebogang Shange were the best of a large South African contingent at the… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2017 Daily Maverick. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.