UNISA STRIKE DISRUPTS LEARNING
By: Lindokuhle Simelane
Classes were disrupted Tuesday at the University of South Africa (UNISA) Durban Campus as students embarked on a mass action demanding professionalism as the Student Representative Council handed over a memorandum to the management.
Students were carrying banners written, “We want professional lecturers”. Students were demanding taps, a clinic and laptops for students upon registration. Among many concerns mentioned in the memorandum, a demand for an increment from Financial Aid became one of the major issues. Students also said that the system of registering only three modules per year is prolonging their completion and graduation down.
“We also want this tendency of forever producing documents to come to an end , because supposedly the first time such documents were submitted and they ought to be captured by the system”, that’s according to memorandum.
“Currently we are still in negotiations with all relevant stakeholders concerned as hence some of these issues are of a very sensitive nature and there are numerous barriers that still need to be overcome. But one remains hopeful that out of these negotiations a positive outcome is possible,” said SRC member Simphiwe Dubazana .
They have given management seven days to respond. The institution has since expended registration dates to the 24th of July 2013.