The events at Wits and at other institutions throughout the country this last week no longer allows the illusion that ‘business as usual’ is possible.
Higher education is in crisis.
The violence witnessed at Wits on Monday and Tuesday last week and the discovery of petrol bombs on our campus last Friday, whether brought in by internal or external elements, has added urgency to the need to work towards resolving the crisis.
The survey sent out by ASAWU last week clearly indicated that colleagues are committed to the broad call for increased funding for higher education and willing to engage in finding ways in which this call can be taken forward and realized.
The ASAWU Executive therefore invites you to join us on the 28th September to participate in a discussion of the role we as academics and as an academic union can play in resolving the crisis and the way forward once academic activities resume.
DATE: 28th September 2016
VENUE: Wits School of Public Health (Map attached)
All academic staff, whether members of the union or not, are welcome to attend.
The meeting will focus on practical actions and solutions that staff could collectively take in order to contribute to finding solutions to our current problems.
Whatever the outcome of the current situation on campus, we owe it to ourselves, and the academic project to have an input into how things will move forward and the impact it will have on creating the equitable and just society we seek to create.