UCT health sciences faculty suspends undergraduate teaching for remainder of year

Protesters dance outside the chemical engineering building at UCT earlier this week.

The Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at UCT, Professor Bongani Mayosi, has announced that classes for the first, second and third-year undergraduate programmes have been suspended for the rest of the year, but will resume in January 2017. 

This decision affects only the Faculty of Health Sciences. The academic programme for the rest of the Faculty of Health Sciences continues, as well as for the rest of the university’s faculties.

Professor Mayosi said on Thursday October 20: “The dean and the dean’s advisory committee have decided to suspend all teaching and learning activities in Years 1-3 of all the undergraduate programmes, with a plan to complete teaching and examinations in a mini-semester in January 2017.”

 A mini-semester is a brief period of continued teaching on 2016 academic work at the start of 2017, followed by the final examinations that should have taken place in November 2016. 

“We therefore anticipate that the first teaching activities of the 2017 academic year will start later than usual.”