In line with Higher education and training Minister’s state support for an 8% fees increase for the next academic session, Wits university board is on its way to announcing the fees schedule for the coming academic session.
Despite setbacks caused by the continued student protest over the fee increase, the University of the Witwatersrand will announce its fee increase decision for 2017 in December.
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande gave SA universities a go-ahead order to increase fees for 2017 but warned that the increase must not exceed 8%.
He also promised that the government would support their decision as it would remain committed to finding resources to support children of all poor, working-and middle-class families so they can access higher education.
However, Mzimande’s announcement sparked off another set of violent protests leading to massive destruction of university properties and a temporal shutdown of academic activities.
Wits spokeswoman Shirona Patel said on Sunday that Wits University has come up with a new fee for the next academic session but it would only announce it in December.
The university also said it is set to resume lectures on Monday and that it was committed to completing the 2016 academic year and ensuring that students write exams.
Meanwhile, Witwatersrand university students have vowed to continue with their protest against the “outrageous” fee increase until government heeds their cry and reverse it.
The student, after their meeting on Sunday Night, condemned the varsity council’s decision to resume teaching and resounded that they would never back down in their fight for students right.
“We reject this. Ultimately because nothing has changed. The general assembly was meant to sit formally,” said Wits SRC Secretary General Fasiha Hassan.
“It was meant to be a successful day for the movement but the management reneged on their agreement. Ultimately we find ourselves in similar position as before.”
The university maintained that completing the 2016 academic year is in the best interest of staff and students.
Wits University also said it has put in place, strict measures to ensure that there are no disruptions on campus. This included “rigorous control” of access to its campuses and vehicle checks. All staff and students are also required to carry access cards on them.
The institution warned that anyone carrying rocks, stones or weapons would be disarmed immediately and could face suspension. Anyone arrested could also be suspended immediately.