UCT students have complained about being crammed in overcrowded Jammie Shuttles and writing in exam venues with inadequate ventilation.
UCT students have complained about being crammed in overcrowded Jammie Shuttles and writing in exam venues with inadequate ventilation.

Students complain of overcrowding at UCT

By Okuhle Hlati Time of article published Jun 11, 2021

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UCT students have complained about being crammed in overcrowded Jammie Shuttles and writing in exam venues with inadequate ventilation.

The students took to social media to share their grievances with a picture showing a number of students standing in the full shuttle.

SRC president Declan Dyer said the image posted was not fake or old.

“We’ve heard complaints from students that it was the case in a few Jammies right before and after tests, but it is being addressed. Over the past couple of weeks we have been engaging with the executive and other relevant committees regarding a number of issues including personal assessments. We raised a few concerns also about exam venues and this was also backed up by data after a survey was conducted by the student body.”

UCT spokesperson Elijah Moholola said it noted the posts and they seem to point to lack of compliance at individual level, which the university notes with deep concern.

“Although Jammie Shuttles are legally allowed to run at 100% capacity, UCT has put an additional precaution in place by not allowing standing passengers. UCT has given clear directives to the management of the Jammie Shuttle service to ensure that all Covid-19 protocols are enforced.”

Moholola said UCT transport office had put in place a senior operations supervisor checking on the service during the morning and afternoon peaks on June 9 to ensure compliance.

He said the number of students who are expected to sit in invigilated exams from June 23 were a small proportion of their student body.

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