The University of the Free State (UFS) extends the provisional registration period to 30 April 2012
After a week of intense negotiations between the senior leadership of the University of the Free State (UFS) and the Student Representative Council (SRC), the SRC has managed to persuade the senior leadership to extend the provisional registration period to Monday 30 April 2012.
This means that, until 30 April 2012, no students will be deregistered for not being able to pay their provisional registration fee. The initial deadline for students to register provisionally was 6 April 2012.
The SRC requested the extension of provisional registration and the senior leadership of the UFS agreed thereto for the following reasons:
- To allow students more time to raise the money;
- To allow the provincial and national government, as well as NSFAS more time to respond to students’ financial needs; and
- To allow the SRC and the university more time to consult with students with strong academic records about financial aid options outside the university.
“The SRC is glad to note that the university management values our efforts in representing our students and we’ve been able to leverage that advantage to negotiate an extension of the deregistration date with management. We’re happy that in this case management has responded to the appeal of students through the SRC and we’re exceptionally proud of our ability to push student interests to unprecedented heights,” says Mr Richard Chemaly, SRC President.
According to Mr Chemaly, the SRC is confident in their negotiation abilities. “While others might strike and protest, it is in the best interests of our students to talk to the senior leadership about important issues that are in the interests of students,” he says.
“Since our request to extend the provisional registration period was approved by the university management, the SRC has been working tirelessly to ensure that no deserving student gets deregistered. This includes setting up external funds, approaching the Premier’s office for assistance and setting up the most extensive bursary database any SRC has ever had,” Mr Chemaly says.
If there are any parents or students in need of help for provisional registration, please contact Mr Chemaly at [email protected]