By Boitumelo Tshehle
North-West University’s (NWU) vice-chancellor Professor Dan Kgwadi has warned students who plan to disrupt the academic programme during the reopening of its Mahikeng campus that the facility could close for the whole semester.
He said that the events of last month at the campus – which saw buildings razed - affected the dignity and the integrity of the campus‚ and the university as a whole.
“We had to discuss issues around quality. We are quite aware that the disruption to the academic programme has got an implication on the quality of the service that we offer‚” he said.
He said there are time constraints within the recovery plan they have. The campus is expected to open next Tuesday.
“We will have no option but to close the campus for the semester because we cannot guarantee quality beyond that‚ and the semester will affect the whole year as a result‚” said Kgwadi.
“We will do that to protect the quality of our programmes because we know very well that we cannot produce a degree in two weeks.”
The new Student Representative Council (SRC) leader on the campus‚ Prince Gontse Motaung‚ said the students found it appropriate that the university must reopen.
“Ten-thousands students should never be punished for the mistakes of the few…the closure or loss of the semester will implicate us as students‚ not only on the basis that we will be at home but even outside the parameters of being a student. “Who will recognise us knowing that we hold the status of the university that has been closed because of the disruptions?” he asked.
Last month‚ students were told by the university to go home as the institution’s management opted to shut the campus down indefinitely in the wake of violent protests.
The trouble at the campus had started after a newly appointed SRC was inaugurated. The previous SRC had been dissolved by the university’s management after saying that it had not been performing its duties as required by its constitution
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