The institution is looking to implement a 10,5 percent hike and the students are demanding that the fee increases be reviewed.
A small group of students are demonstrated at the Smit Street entrance saying they will not stand for further university fee increases.Yesterday, all lectures and tests were suspended due to the protest.
At the same time Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has ordered his department to investigate the cost drivers in the country’s universities that determine the hikes.The department says it’s concerned about the trend of fee increments on a yearly basis saying students can no longer keep up.
Nzimande has called the fee hikes an exclusionary measure.The minister’s spokesperson KhayeNkwanyana, says students already have to contend with other extra costs.“Some of them tell us they import material from overseas and because of the exchange value against the rand, so they need to recover that money.”
Available at: http://ewn.co.za/2015/10/14/Wits-suspends-academic-activities-ahead-of-march