University of Cape Town (UCT) lifts Fee Block for 2022 Academic Year
In todays latest UCT News – University of Cape Town (UCT) council has lifted the fee block for the 2022 academic year. This is good news for students as they will be able to register for this year, however, UCT Vice-Chancellor has addressed a few things in relation to this.
The university’s council sat down with its student representative council (SRC) and reached a decision to lift the fee block for the 2022 academic year.
“The special meeting of the council was called to consider the plight of these students. The provision of progressive financial assistance for students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels are important interventions that contribute to the current socio-economic challenges facing the country,” said chairperson of the UCT council, Babalwa Ngonyama.
In the past week, UCT students had been in protest and halted academic activities as they were not able to register due to these fee blocks.
However, the university’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng clarified that this action does not clear the students’ historical debt.
In a CapeTalk radio interview, UCT Vice-Chancellor shared:
It’s just not possible to clear the debts for us as an institution. We need to collect the fees so that we can be able to serve our students. Our academics don’t work for free… Nothing is ever for free, there’s always someone who pays.
However, Phakeng noted that the decision to lift fee blocks will give students time to pay the debts that they owe the university.