The disruption of four KZN universities — UKZN, DUT, MUT and UniZulu— has been condemned by the SA government.
On Monday, the higher education institutions across the province had to shut down as groups of learners have blocked university campuses’ entry points, demanding the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) paid allowances that make it possible for students to register and find accommodation.
According to the protest leaders, classes will remain closed until further notice.
Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor advised young minds to avoid the protests as it would significantly affect their academic year, “resulting in many not being able to finish their degrees on time, if ever”.
Moreover, she also directed her employees to assist in solving the issues raised and provide any additional support to the students affected.
“I urge all student organisations to focus on real students concerns and make every effort to resolve problems without impacting on the academic programme,” the Minister said.