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UWC clears registration for debt-owing students

Published by Andile Sicetsha

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) has granted debt-owing students the opportunity to for this year’s registration, an unprecedented move that will be welcomed by the ‘fees must fall’ community.

UWC allows registration for debt-owing students

In a statement, Rector Professor Tyrone Pretorius noted that due to the unfathomable economic carnage brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, it can be understood that “many families find themselves in economic difficulties during this time.”

“The University understands the difficulties many students are experiencing and have decided to financially clear all students to allow them to register,” Prof Pretorius announced.

This, the tertiary hopes, will grant families a great deal of alleviation and boost registration numbers for this academic year. Understanding that nothing on this green earth is free, UWC explained that, in essence, the registration amount won’t be stripped from the student’s debt.

“All students will have their registration fee addedto their tuition account and the upfront payment will be waived, allowing for immediate registration,” Pretorius explained.

Debt-owing students will have until mid-April 2021 to sign an Acknowledgment of Debt agreement that basically ties them to the credit until it’s ben cleared.

Moreover, all students who register for free will be expected to present to the tertiary, a payment plan “in respect of their student debt by mid-April 2021.”

Wits fees protests continue to escalate

On the other side of the country, at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits), tensions have risen between EFF student representatives and the tertiary.

On Thursday, after a stalemate in reaching consensus on the issue of debt clearances, students picketed outside the campus, blocking entry to its main gateway.

Riot police were called to the scene and at the time this article was published, the stand-off was still palpable.