Plea for peaceful exam, CPUT protests continue

Plea for peaceful exam, CPUT protests continue

BURNING ZONE: Hundreds of thousands of rands go up in flames after staff and a CPUT vehicle was set alight. CREDIT: Daily Voice

Matrics started their final examination today but cars and buildings continue to be destroyed by protesters.

Grade 12 learners started their National Senior Certificate exams today, but their futureS could be affected by ongoing #FeesMustFall protests.

The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) on Sunday appealed for no disruption of schooling to allow the matric class of 2016 to write its final exams in a peaceful environment.

Sanco national spokesman Jabu Mahlangu said: “We wish all learners who will be sitting for the examinations as from tomorrow [Monday] the very best and call on them to stay focused and not to be distracted from the task at hand.

“The sacrifices and extra effort they have had to put [in] to prepare for the exams must be jealously guarded so that they achieve their objective.”

He said the education of young people as future leaders was key to sustainable development.

Sanco also appealed to stakeholders in the current #FeesMustFall protests to reach a speedy agreement so that matriculants are not adversely affected next year.

Meanwhile, despite CPUT Bellville campus looking like a ghost town, protesters continue to wreak havoc on campus and faculty property.

Several vehicles were torched and damaged on campus property.

On Thursday Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe warned the #FeesMustFall protests which have shut down universities will have a dire effect on matriculants, students and ultimately the economy.

“If the academic year is lost and the universities and colleges do not reach a finality this year, almost a million matriculants will not be admitted into higher education,” he said.

Police were on the scene to bring the situation under control.

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