In a statement released last night the NMMU in reference to the re-commencement of academic activities said; “Having done a thorough assessment of the situation with faculties this week, it has become clear that starting academic activities on Monday (10 October 2016) will ensure that we can still complete the academic year by 30 November 2016. Extending the shutdown beyond this point will negatively impact the academic performance of students and put at risk the ability to complete their studies.”
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) supports the call to widen access to quality higher education for academically deserving, financially needy students. Every opportunity to engage with students and various stakeholders to resolve the deadlock relating to the #FeesMustFall demands has been explored.
With regards to outstanding #FeesMustFall demands NMMU said that they remain committed to exploring all possible avenues to ensure that no academically deserving students are excluded from continuing their studies on financial grounds. To this end, students are urged to participate in the multi-stakeholder Financial Aid Task Team, established specially to work on this particular issue.
While these engagements are ongoing, university operations and lectures need to restart in the interests of all students to ensure that the 2016 academic calendar is completed this year. As such, NMMU will resume operations today, 7 October 2016, to ensure readiness for classes.
All faculties are in the process of devising academic recovery plans which will be finalised in consultation with students in their respective faculties. Academic activities affected by the shutdown will be re-scheduled, while affording students sufficient time to meet their specific requirements.
NMMU wishes to thank all students, staff and their families for their patience and perseverance during these trying times.
As we move forward, we urge all our stakeholders to participate in collectively formulating solutions aimed at advancing equality and social justice, while ensuring the long-term sustainability of NMMU.
As we publish this good news from the NMMU we are informed that students are not taking this lying down and have already put up blockades and are renewing efforts to bring the academic year to a standstill.
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