Students, management to seek way forward on fees

Students and management at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) will sit around the table today in the hope of finding an alternative to a call for the university to join a national shutdown tomorrow.

In an attempt to avoid repeating last year’s crippling “fees must fall” protest, the NMMU management, the Student Representative Council (SRC) and SA Students Congress (Sasco) are inviting all NMMU students to join them for a mass meeting taking place at noon in the Kraal today.

The meeting is aimed at finding solutions to the challenges facing NMMU and higher education in general, particularly with regard to the present uncertainty surrounding a fee increase for 2017.

The meeting follows a call made early this month by the dissatisfied SA Union of Students (Saus), promising to shut down universities because they say students have been excluded from the Fees Commission’s work.

Sasco provincial secretary Okuhle Senene said: “There are a number of issues we are hoping to tackle in the meeting . . . and we are hoping to leave with signed agreements from management regarding the way forward to resolve our concerns.

“The issues include ensuring that previously disadvantaged students are able to study at the university regardless of financial issues including debt and NSFAS payments.”

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