NYDA Calls For A Speedy Resolution On University’s Shutdown

Students remains in limbo over unpaid fees and continuous protest action at the university space. PICTURE: Mail Images

JOHANNESBURG: The Youth Agency calls on all parties to amicably find a lasting solution to avoid any unnecessary revolts from students. 

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has noted the total shut down across universities in South Africa.

This comes after all campuses have been brought to a standstill by students protesting against a host of issues that have plagued the country’s universities. These include registration fees, student accommodation, food, and other issues, compounded by the inefficiency of the country’s student financial aid scheme.

According to a statement issued by the Agency, we have “noted the continuing total shut down across universities in South Africa.”

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“The continuous disruptions of academic progress are as the result of frustration from students when their demands are not met. As the NYDA, we wish to call all parties to amicably find a lasting solution to avoid any unnecessary revolts from students,” said the statement. 

“Ongoing student’s mass action carry a potential to impact negatively on the academic year. Nevertheless, we stand by the students for their demands remain genuine and reasonable,” the statement said. 

According to the executive chairperson of the NYDA, Sifiso Mtsweni “We call on students to unite during this period and engage in meaningful responsible action without any damage to property. They must also take extra effort to advance their academic progress.”

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It is disheartening that students must every year prepare to participate in [a] protest action for their demands to be realised. We are hopeful that the Ministry of Higher Education will provide the necessary solutions as envisaged. However, there is no excuse for failure to rollout of free education.

”We call on all stakeholders to put this matter top of their agenda and bring a speedy resolution, it cannot be business as usual if the agenda for a free quality public higher education system as declared by our government is continually postponed,” said Mtsweni. 

The Youth Agency calls on all parties to amicably find a lasting solution to avoid any unnecessary revolts from students.