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HIGHER LEARNING INSTITUTIONS’ POLITICS, SOCIAL, RELIGIOUS BAN

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MBABANE – Higher learning Institutions will not be allowed to undertake political or other activities detrimental to national religious, social or local culture.


This is according to the Draft Higher Education Regulations presented yesterday at the Royal Villas. The presentation was made by the Swaziland Higher Education Council (SHEC) to operators of such institutions. The draft also states that the institution must stick to teaching, research and co-curricular activities.


The Executive Secretary of the SHEC, Mboni Dlamini, said this was meant to protect the image of the country. He said this did not mean that institutions should not provide political studies, if their mission was to do so. He said, however, they should stick to the parameters of that particular subject. He said lecturers should stick to the approved syllabus and not teach things which could be detrimental to the well being and image of the country.


“The University of Swaziland teaches political studies, lecturers should stick to the parameters and not go outside their domain to the detriment of the country,” Dlamini said.


He said they should not also teach things which will harass others be it in politics, religion or local culture. He said if an institution was licensed to teach Agriculture, they should stick to that, and not be involved in any other non-agricultural activities.
“We do not want institutions to focus on other things that will smear the image of the country. The institutions should also not teach things which will incite students to engage in protest actions,” he said.

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