Tuesday, August 17, 2010

UWC classes halt due to strike

By Jurina Nkwazi
17 August 2010

The University of the Western Cape will come to a stand still today as angry students embark on a strike.

There is conflict between students and the institutions` administrations over the payment of fees by The National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

Students who applied for financial aid in the second semester accounts need be cleared by September.

The Student Task Team’s Spokesperson Khabelo Roto said “when students approached the NSFAS, they were informed that they’ve ran out of money.”

He added saying “that for those students living on the universities residence, meal vouchers including Pick ‘n Pay have been given, which won’t sustain them especially during exams.”

The march will be led by the Student Representative council and other structures on campus.

Students will hand a memorandum of grievances to UWC’s Rector Brian O’Connor at noon.


At Tuesday, 17 August, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Students who attended classes were forced to leave by those protesting as they banged on desks and infiltrated lecture halls, chanting, 'leave!'. How is that fair to those students?!?

At Monday, 23 August, 2010, Blogger Leandre' said...

This is so unnecessary by them. As a student that does not receive any financial support from NASFAS, why should my education be jeopardized due to their anger and frustration against the institution. I've thus missed to tests due to ths strike. I'm a final year student and don't need this right now, as final exams are in about 8 weeks time. They are now stealing from me... a student who has nothing to do with NASFAS, or whether they get the money needed or not. Their protests continue, and now I have to attend extra lectures to make up on lost time... which is needed to complete assignments and other course content.
They have now become violent, hurting innocent students.

At Tuesday, 24 August, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leandre its so easy for you to say that coz u dont need any financial help..sorry for ur studies being disturbed maybe if we were all fortunate like you we wouldnt have to do this...i dont think u have any idea wat its like being away from home, with no money, no food and no one to cry on...as much as you are doing your final year, we would also like to get there some day and NSFAS is the only way...

At Tuesday, 24 August, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am also not affected by the NASFAS issue, but any issue which affects my fellow students does affect me as well. The student affected cant even perform to their level best academically, I cannot just turn a blind eye. These are my brothers and sisters, their parents did their best to bring them this far, and now their future is at stake. It is my understanding that Education is a right not a privilege and the management needs to attend to this.

At Wednesday, 25 August, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Injury to one is an injury to all! you can tell us about those students who are ashamed of using NASFAS. and we all know those student at the begining of the year they stand in front in the nasfas ques but now they are busy attending classes while we are running around fighting for their rights is that fair?

At Thursday, 26 August, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we do apologize for those who are being affected by our strike but we feel thats the only way they can attend to us if we march coz guys cumon who can we cry to our parents can not afford the fees so as the government promised to help those who can not pay for them selves i guese its tym they do so coz we voted for them


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