Dear studentsExam time is always stressful; this year we have had the added stress of not knowing when exams would take place, uncertainties of whether there would be a calm environment and interruptions in access to libraries.
Exams are going ahead
I have been heartened by the resolve of students, by the fact that the libraries have remained open since Sunday, and that we have had two days of incident-free exams. Although the option to defer to January is in place (and will be until 27 November 2015) yesterday morning's numbers show that the overwhelming majority have decided to write at least some of their exams now: over 1500 students wrote their scheduled exams.
Senate meeting on Monday – an aberration
A special meeting of the Senate called on Monday, 9 November 2015, to affirm Senate's commitment to the academic project was disrupted by a group of students from several universities in this region who were returning from their march to Parliament. What happened on Monday at Senate has been widely condemned.
We remain committed to ongoing engagement in good faith through all established channels of communication with staff and students.
Bus incident on Wednesday morning
In the early hours of this morning, 11 November 2015, one of the Jammie Shuttle buses at the depot was set alight. The fire brigade responded quickly and put out the blaze. The rest of the shuttle service is running as per the timetable and a replacement bus is being provided. There are no barricades or other obstacles to the exams proceeding as planned today.
Please watch the UCT homepage for updates.
Dr Max Price