Students run amok as certificate and diploma holders demand degrees

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Two vehicles were torched and one of the buildings at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) campus in Pietermaritzburg yesterday morning was damaged.

The university suspects that this is being done by students who want to complete the higher certification program or who have passed the program with the intention of qualifying for the next degree.

Student representative council member Nhlaka (without surname) said students were distancing themselves from the incident, and did not want to comment on their position as a student body on the issue of students' complaints about the certificates.

"We're moving away and I can't comment on what happened," he said. The student protests at the university first surfaced last week at its Durban campus.

Students complain that the higher certificate program does not help as students who have completed the program go home while the university does not want the student to pass the course without a doubt, being allowed to pursue the next level in each field.

University spokesman Alan Khan said the crime was an attempt by criminals to force the university to take all students with higher certificates and hold a Diploma.


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