TUT received overwhelming support from a number of key stakeholders for activities at all its campuses to continue during a high-level meeting held in Pretoria last night. NSFAS, DHET, SAUS (South African Union of Students), the Transitional ISRC and TUT Management met to discuss the NSFAS meal allowances for students staying at home, as well as other issues.
One of the important resolutions reached at the meeting was that students should return to class immediately to allow the academic programme to resume, while those not registered yet, will use the extended registration period until 1 March, to complete the process.
Prof Stanley Mukhola, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Teaching, Learning and Technology, again emphasised that the resumption of academic activities is not negotiable. A lot of valuable time has already been lost due to the ongoing protest action and suspension of academic activities. This has put a great deal of pressure on the academic programme, staff and students alike. Due to the time lost, the academic calendar had to be reviewed and the semester was extended by one week. Semester exams will now start on 27 May 2019, with predicates announced on 20 May 2019.
Following the resumption of activities at all TUT campuses yesterday, 20 February 2019, Prof Mukhola this morning again urged students to return to class. He advised those who need assistance in catching up on their academics, to seek assistance from their lecturers.
During the meeting yesterday, the Transitional ISRC shared their satisfaction with TUT Management’s handling of the student concerns and demands related to the NSFAS Circular 6, which resulted in the agreement that activities at all campuses should resume on 20 February.
The meeting agreed that DHET should be given enough time to review the meal allowances for students staying at home. Feedback from DHET is expected by 1 March.
Furthermore, it was resolved that students with outstanding debt, will be allowed to sign AOD’s (Acknowledgement of Debt forms) after which they will be unblocked to register before the registration deadline on 1 March.
Acknowledging that the Minister of Higher Education and Training is the only party authorised to change the clause about meal allowances in the NSFAS Circular 6, the President of SAUS undertook to arrange a meeting with the Minister on Monday 25 February 2019, to discuss the issue and have it changed in the interest of students at large.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is visiting all the Tshwane based campuses today, 21 February 2019, to assist students to register for the upcoming national elections on 8 May. Students at the Pretoria Campus can register at the Library, until 16:00. Do not miss this opportunity to register and have your vote count!
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