Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) supports the call to widen access to quality higher education for academically deserving, financially needy students. Every opportunity to engage with students and various stakeholders to resolve the deadlock relating to the #FeesMustFall demands has been explored.
Outstanding #Fees Must Fall demands
NMMU remains committed to exploring all possible avenues to ensure that no academically deserving students are excluded from continuing their studies on financial grounds. To this end, students are urged to participate in the multi-stakeholder Financial Aid Task Team, established specially to work on this particular issue.
Resumption of operations
While these engagements are ongoing, university operations and lectures need to restart in the interests of all students to ensure that the 2016 academic calendar is completed this year. As such, NMMU will resume operations tomorrow, 7 October 2016, to ensure readiness for classes.
Commencement of academic activities
Having done a thorough assessment of the situation with faculties this week, it has become clear that starting academic activities on Monday (10 October 2016) will ensure that we can still complete the academic year by 30 November 2016. Extending the shutdown beyond this point will negatively impact the academic performance of students and put at risk the ability to complete their studies.
Student-friendly academic recovery plans
All faculties are in the process of devising academic recovery plans which will be finalised in consultation with students in their respective faculties. Academic activities affected by the shutdown will be re-scheduled, while affording students sufficient time to meet their specific requirements.
NMMU wishes to thank all students, staff and their families for their patience and perseverance during these trying times.
As we move forward, we urge all our stakeholders to participate in collectively formulating solutions aimed at advancing equality and social justice, while ensuring the long-term sustainability of NMMU.
Communication and Stakeholder Liaison
Please refer to our web page for more information http://fmf.nmmu.ac.za
Tel: +27 (0) 41 504 1111
Fax: +27 (0) 41 504 2574 / 2731
PO Box 77000, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Port Elizabeth, 6031, South Africa
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