Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Higher Education has called on #FeesMustFall protesting students to allow those who want to write their exams to do so peacefully.

Ongoing protests, particularly at Wits University, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and the University of Cape Town (UCT), recently raised fears of the 2016 academic year drawing on into January 2017, delaying exam and graduation processes.

“We should all commit to ensuring that most students succeed in this academic year. No one student should interfere with another’s right to write exams. Those that are on the verge of graduating should be allowed to write without problems as their skills are needed in the economy,” the committee’s chairperson, Connie September said in a statement.

Most universities have been able to finish their academic programmes and have thus started with exams, while others, like UCT, turned to online learning as a solution.

September called on universities to provide all the necessary assistance and support to protesting students when they decide to write exams.

“Vice chancellors should ensure that students are not victimised for having been part of the protests. The student demands are legitimate,” she said.