Sunday, August 09, 2009

CPUT Capitulates

Today's Lesson: Violence and destruction, like crime, pays.

After backing down on the fees increase that led to student riots recently, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology is now taking the blame for all the problems.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) students return to class Tuesday after an "extraordinary" executive council meeting opened an investigation into last week's riots.

According to a press release issued by the university, a two-person committee would "investigate the concerns raised ... and report back in two weeks time".

"The meeting was convened just for the crisis. Students were allowed in that meeting to voice their concerns," said CPUT spokesperson Thami Nkwanyane.

Nkwanyane said the investigators were neutral. "They're not from the university; they're outside of it all."

The statement also said the university would "facilitate the release of the students who were arrested" and "all standing expulsions and disciplinary procedures" would be suspended until after the investigation.

The students were objecting to a decision by the university's council to increase the upfront payment for next year from R1 800 to R3 000 for students living off campus and from R2 800 to R5 000 for students in residence.

The National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) last week condemned the university for "serious mismanagement of the situation". The organisation said the proposed increase of upfront payments created a "barrier" to the "working class" who struggled to finance their education.

1 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

IM a cput student and everyone taking part in that strike should spent their time in jail,they put the rest of our lives in danger.Me and my friends all who are very passive have spent more time in jails for smoking ganja and these people get off with trashing a campus..thanks for putting the article up though