Exams going ahead



November 17, 2016
Exams going ahead

ON THE MARCH: UWC students protest. CREDIT: Bertram Malgas

UWC still open despite yet another arson attack.

The University of the Western Cape says examinations are going ahead despite yet another arson attack at the campus.

An office block was petrol-bombed, while the computer laboratory next to it was broken into and numerous computers stolen.

The incident occurred on Tuesday at the institution’s Bellville campus.

It comes just a week after a building was set alight on the campus when exams kicked off last week. #FeesMustFall protesters had gone on the rampage to try and stop other students from writing their exams.

UWC spokesperson, Luthando Tyhalibongo, says about 20 computers were stolen.

But he says the incident will not impact on exams.

“We are still trying to calculate costs attached to the damage caused,” he says.

“But exams are going ahead and we are seeing a good turnout of about 60 to 90 percent.

“The situation on campus is not affecting them as they are taking place off site, but there continues to be extensive communication between students and university management.”

He says support staff has also returned to work.

“And slowly but surely some services that were not wanted (by protesters), like the cleaning staff, has returned.”

He says it is still unclear whether the most recent attack is linked to continued protests by members of the #FeesMustFall movement.

Across the road at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, calm has returned after two arson attacks on Sunday evening and Monday morning.

Staff members have returned to work at the institution after working at an offsite location following weeks of turmoil at the Bellville campus.

Spokeswoman Lauren Kansley says everything is on track for exams, which are set to kick off next week, following a “peace agreement” between stakeholders on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the University of Cape Town says exams are going well with no disruptions reported.

Spokesperson Elijah Moholola says: “Everything is going well, we are in the second week of exams and there have been no incidents.”

“Exams are sitting until next Friday and the second group will sit for their exams next year from January 28 until February 10.”

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