The Black Lawyers Association Student Chapter has threatened to apply for an enforcement order if University of South Africa (Unisa) does not implement the judgment setting aside the decision to reduce first year student intake as well as scrapping the semester courses.
Earlier this year the High Court in Pretoria set aside Unisa's decisions to reduce the number of first year students by 20 000 and to have only year-long modules instead of a mixture of semester and year courses.
On Wednesday the Black Lawyers Association Student Chapter said it is hopeful that the extension of the registration period will allow the institution to implement the court order.
“Today we learned that they reopened the registration and we are hopeful that they will implement the court order. But if they fail to do that, we have no other alternative but to apply for an enforcement order,” said the association's regional secretary, Tshepo Mahlobogoane.
He welcome the extension of the registration period saying Unisa closed registration without honoring the court order.
“One of the other requests was for them to scrap the year system and bring back the semester system.They have committed to bring the semester system back, but in a way that it consists of one examination period. This doesn’t make senses because a semester system entails that one would have two examination periods per semester.
Economic Freedom Fighter Students Command (EFFSC) Tshwane chairperson, Thabo Maake, said the Unisa workers' strike affected the registration period.
“There were some obstacles that students experienced when trying to register at Unisa. This was attributed to a protest by workers demanding a salary increment. There was partial implementation of the court order. But through our Student Representative Council we managed to engage management to say 'look, as much as you are making a contingency plan to absorb the 20 000 students there were challenges'. We managed to extend the registration period by a week,” said Maake.
Unisa SRC confirmed that registration reopened on 7 April and would end on Friday 9 April. Unisa is yet to respond to the Newsnote enquiries.