[lg policy] South Africa: Varsity vice chancellors recognise need for transformation -

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Wed Oct 7 15:52:10 UTC 2015

 Varsity vice chancellors recognise need for transformation - Habib 2015-10-06

Karabo Ngoepe
[image: Professor Adam Habib (Picture: Supplied)]

Professor Adam Habib (Picture: Supplied)

Pretoria - Chairperson of the Universities of South Africa (USA) and Vice
Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand Adam Habib
<http://whoswho.co.za/adam-habib-3589> says they recognise the call for
transformation in universities.

"We recognise the legitimacy of the demand for transformation and we
undertake to accelerate the programme at every one of our institutions,"
said Habib.

The statement followed a meeting at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on
Tuesday between President Jacob Zuma <http://whoswho.co.za/jacob-zuma-927>
and the vice chancellors of higher education institutions around the
country to discuss the situation at several campuses.

He said vice-chancellors were prepared to work towards achieving the goal
of transforming the institutions of higher learning and he added that they
would be making inputs during the upcoming Higher Education Summit that
would take place in Durban from October 15-17.

"We undertake to participate fully and energetically in the transformation
summit and work with stakeholders in finding solutions to the problems we
have in universities regarding transformation," he said.

Transformation has been a burning issue in the country in recent months,
with protests experienced at many of the previously white universities.
Among the protests was the Rhodes Must Fall campaign at the University of
Cape Town.

Students demanded the removal of Cecil John Rhodes’s statue. During the
protests, students expressed frustration at the slow pace of transformation
at the institution. The protest resulted in the removal of the statue on
April 9.

University of Stellenbosch students also embarked on a march to protest
against language policies. They called on the university to transform its
language policy and promote inclusivity.

Zuma said it was agreed during the meeting that the protests required
dialogue in order to find lasting solutions.

"We also discussed some of the real gains in transforming the higher
education sector, while acknowledging that there is still much more to be
done," he said.

He said the summit would open dialogue and come up with concrete steps to
deal with challenges in the higher education system.

Zuma added that some of the violence and protests were also fuelled by
political intolerance. He called on universities to support students and
help them develop their leadership abilities.


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