The results of the University of the Witwatersrand’s poll on whether students want to go back to class or not are in – and the vast majority of students say they want to get back to learning.
Wits ran the poll on 29 September to determine the thoughts of staff and students on the resumption of the academic programme on Monday, 3 October.
“The University believes that the voices of the majority of students and staff need to be heard,” Wits said in a press statement.
It added that if the majority of students and staff support the reopening on Monday, then Wits will call upon government and the police to protect its property, and to safeguard the lives of all students and staff.
Students and staff received a simple question via SMS on 29 September 2016, and voting took place from 07:00 to 16:00 on the day. The question was:
Should Wits open on Mon 3 Oct subject to appropriate security protocols being in place? Reply yes or no.
Wits released the interim results on Friday 30 September, where 77% voted that the university should open on Monday.
SizweNtsalubaGobodo audited the poll.
21,730 out of the approximately 37,000 registered students responded to the poll.
- 16,739 voted yes (77%)
- 4,991 voted no (23%)
The university is still waiting for auditors to verify a separate staff poll, saying that the results will be made available as they come through.
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