CUT management suspends classes

Welkom and Bloemfontein campuses suspended

The Central University of Technology (CUT) in the Free State on Monday moved to suspend classes at Welkom and Bloemfontein campuses until Thursday, amidst protests by students over unpaid financial assistance by the NSFAS.

This as the university management, together with the aid scheme, seeks to find solutions to these issues that led to disruptions of classes since reopening of the university in February.

In a letter sent to students, management says classes would be suspended until Wednesday 27, while lectures will resume on Thursday 28 February 2019 to allow the aid scheme officials to attend to outstanding matters relating to NSFAS-funded students. OFM News previously reported that the institution’s spokesperson, Dan Maritz, said delegates from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) were on campus to try and address issues affecting students. This as a group of students from the student body, the South African Student Congress (Sasco), forced students out of classes on Monday after attending just a single lecture.

Students, on the other hand, allege that the financial aid scheme has paid the monies to the CUT and that the problem lies with the university. Students say the university is delaying the payments of some students, allegedly utilising the money to run the institution’s errands. Maritz vehemently denied these allegations.

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