Unisa name and past papers
If I could offer up a few words on both topics.
1. Past papers are always available at universities based on the British model. The questions will never be the same and are written (in the case of the schools rather than universities) by external examing boards. I used to teach High School in London for 5 years at a state high school which used London University exams and prepared students for the exams with past papers to practise with. Since the British model is "All or nothing" on the final exam, schools and university students feel they need to prepare the type of writing needed to sit these exams. Unisa is much like any other RSA university or UK university.
2. I have written to many people in government in RSA as well as the South African Ambassador to Canada in Ottawa to have my thoughts forwarded on my behalf to a level of government he would have better contact with expressing my own feelings as a doctoral candidate at Unisa facing the possibility of a name change. I also wrote to Dr Pityana, the university president on two occassions and had letters back from the secretary on his behalf stating he has refused to consider any other name than University of South Africa after the merger. I have posted the last letter to the MSN site I manage called University of South Africa-Canada if anyone wishes to read the text.
PhD Theo (Vrystaat)