Student protest unnecessary: Unisa

Student protest unnecessary: Unisa

The University of South Africa says yesterday's protest action by students at its Durban campus could have been prevented if proper channels of communication were followed.


Students from the campus took to the streets over proposed changes in exam venues around the country and new application systems. 

Unisa spokesperson Martin Ramotshela says leases with examination centres come to an end and they try find new ones that accommodate the majority of students. 

He says upgrades to the applications systems were communicated in advance.

"The reason why we wanted to introduce it is to make sure that as the university at least we're able to ensure that service delivery to the students is enhanced, so that we're able to ensure that we can provide better support to ensure students' success.

"On the issue that they've raised of the finances, in our view we feel that we're still very affordable compared to what other universities are charging," he said.

Ramotshela says they met with representatives yesterday. He's confident issues will be resolved before exams start next month.

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