Unisa Sunnyside students have joined protests across the country, voicing their dissatisfaction about NSFAS allowances and a decision to move exams forward.
The South African Students Congress and the EFF Student Command are also protesting the university’s decision to bring examination dates forward – from May to April.
Unisa spokesperson Martin Ramotshela confirmed that the institution had made the decision, so that examinations would be complete before the general elections. “We are meant to use the same venues for our examinations, which the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is also meant to use for election,” said Ramotshela. “We want to make way for the IEC,” Ramotshela added.
He said that students had, however, been given a chance to write the examinations in August, but students had said that this would hinder their preparations for the final-year examinations, set to begin in October.
The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) shut down all nine of its campuses last week following violent protests.
Students were ordered to vacate their on residences.