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Wits supports students’ demands

- Wits University

Senior Executive Team statement:

Dear Staff and Students

The University's management expresses its broad support for the students' demands for more funding for the higher education sector. We agree with our students that everyone has an equal right to access higher education. We will continue to lobby government, the private sector and other stakeholders to look at ways to resolve this crisis as soon as possible.

Professor Adam Habib, our Vice-Chancellor and Principal will lead a delegation of vice-chancellors to the Union Buildings tomorrow to meet with the President and student leaders. He is committed to working with all stakeholders to develop creative solutions to the short- and long-term funding issues. 

Closer to home, we have heard the voices of our students and we recognise the financial burdens that they face. In this regard, Council has made several concessions pertaining to the upfront payment, the 2016 fee negotiation process, discounts for NSFAS and financially stressed students and the implementation of austerity measures. The negotiation table is open to the student leaders and we are hopeful that they will take the opportunity to work with us to find a speedy resolution to this important issue, especially since our examinations are only ten days away. This is of utmost concern to us as management as it is in everyone's best interests for the academic programme to resume urgently.  

The Vice-Chancellor is open to addressing students and is engaging with the student leadership on a convenient date and time for this to happen. We thank you all for your patience during this period.

We will keep you updated on progress in this regard.

Thank you

Senior Executive Team

22 October 2015