Stellenbosch University Postpones Mid Year Term Exam
Students at the University of Stellenbosch will have to wait for a specified period to kick off their upcoming exams. This comes as the institution is currently experiencing difficulties that have caused instability on its premises. Here are more details on the matter.
Stellenbosch University has recently decided to postpone its upcoming mid-year term examinations. A statement issued on Saturday 21 May, this past week by the higher learning institution, said that they intend to postpone examinations for a week following an unprecedented, unified request from all student leadership structures.
On Saturday, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Learning and Teaching remarked that after much conversation and consideration, the decision was taken in the best interests of the students. He also expressed sympathy for those who would be affected by the decision.
The university said on Friday that the exams will be postponed from their original start date of Monday, 23 May to Monday, 30 May 2022. Assessments that were due this week would be extended by one week as well. Following these exams, the regular university programme will resume.
The exam rescheduling was undertaken in light of the anguish and disruption caused by the Huis Marais incident and a second rape incident, both of which were condemned by the institution, as were all crimes and infringements on human rights and dignity.
In addition to this, Professor Ramjugernath stated that on Thursday evening, all student leadership institutions, including the Student Representative Council (SRC) and student societies, convened as a group. He claimed that was the first time all of the student leadership structures at the university had come together in one place.
The request for the assessment and examination re-scheduling had emerged from this meeting and was presented to the university on Friday morning,
Furthermore, Professor Ramjugernath added that although the student leadership recognised that not everyone had been impacted equally throughout the last week, they agreed that all students had been affected.
“They also understood that obviously, a request of this nature would cause disruption because plans have already been made in terms of travel and so forth.” She added
The university made the decision after acknowledging that there has been substantial trauma and suffering, and that their students are in a demanding mental and emotional state, and that it will be very difficult for them to write the exams on Monday.