Drive launched to help students complete year

As uncertainty over the future of the 2016 academic year hangs over NMMU, the university yesterday launched a virtual volunteer campaign in a bid to help its 27 000 students complete their courses.

NMMU spokeswoman Zandile Mbabela said classes would remain suspended today after mediation processes continued late last night.

“The mediation has reached a point at which the issues mediated need to be presented at a mass meeting, which the FMF movement is arranging tomorrow [today],” she said.

Mbabela said every effort was being made to help the almost 27 000 students complete their studies.

“Time is seriously against NMMU,” she said.

“However, with the support of staff, parents, business, industry, civic society and concerned individuals, the university believes it can still meet its commitments.”

NMMU was hoping to galvanise the goodwill of those in the metro and in George, where NMMU also has a campus.

To do so, the University launched the #Support4NMMU campaign online on the http:// fmf. nmmu. ac. za website.

Mbabela said the university wanted to establish what citizens were willing to do.

“Concerned citizens and businesses can offer to assist with everything from providing toiletries to accommodation and venues,” she said.

“Building this database will proceed even as the mediation process ordered by the high court continues [and] as the university develops different teaching and assessment methods going forward.”

The university was also pursuing various options to make online access available to students who lacked access

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