Scholarships for all or no varsity - students
MANZINI – The University of Swaziland (UNISWA) students have resolved not to return to class on August 13 if government fails to provide full scholarships for all students.
The resolution was taken at the SNAT Centre during a meeting called by the Student Representative Council (SRC) yesterday.
The students felt that government was turning a deaf ear to their concerns as they had raised them last year.
They also felt that the issue of prioritising of courses was unfair to students.
"As we have always stated, this matter is contained in the proposed Scholarship Policy which is not yet in effect. We, therefore, find it unprecedented to apply a non-effective law or policy on the students," reads a letter they wrote to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security last month.
The students said they also wanted government to address the cutting of scholarships by 60 per cent for first year and second year students. "Experience has taught us that it is impossible to cope with university life under such conditions," the students said.
They also said some students were deprived of scholarships because their student numbers were mixed up by the government computer. The students are calling for the release of scholarships for such students as they said the mix-up was not their fault.
They said it was unfortunate that some students were self sponsored yet their parents were contributing to the national economy.
"Students who were doing Diploma in Law and later transferred to LLB were also denied scholarships last academic year. These students were unfairly treated," they said.
The students also want allowances to be paid by the first day of the academic year so that lessons are not disrupted.
Sibusiso Nhlabatsi the SRC Chairperson said the resolution taken in yesterday’s meeting was that students would not go to class until their concerns had been addressed.
The Minister of Labour and Social Security, Lutfo Dlamini, said his ministry would respond to the concerns raised by the students.
If only the minister will live according to his words. Singkunjabulela loko. Tsine sifuna kufundza but conditions at Vars are not conducive at all. Scholarship loans must be collected by the Ministry from all Beneficiaries that will be the perfect and wise solution to the prevailing problems. I know many have benefited from the scholarship loans but they have not returned it... So its the Ministry's responsibility to hire a company that will trace all the Beneficiaries working around the Kingdom even in Other Countries. If the Ministry can work around this idea with urgency, the collections can run for many years without Govt contribution. ONE SOLUTION: COLLECT THE SCHOLARSHIP FROM BENEFICIARIES THEN STOP CUTTING THE STUDENT'S ALLOWANCES, Kufundza its our birth-right and must be prioritised by Governament nasicondze kubayi-1st World Country. ngiyabonga
Jul 18, 2012, 12:58 PM, Fana (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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