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82 EXPELLED STUDENTS LOSE SANU APPEAL

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MBABANE – With each passing day, the plight of the 82 SANU students, who refused to rewrite an examination paper they passed very well, intensifies.


On Wednesday, the High Court dismissed the Bachelor of Science Nursing Midwifery students’ application for an order that the Southern  Africa Nazarene University (SANU) should unconditionally allow them in BSNM Level Four for purposes of studying.
They had also prayed that the court should review and set aside the university’s decision to expel them from class on August 28, 2018.


The students approached the court after SANU ago allegedly expelled them from class a fortnight following the issuance of a ruling by Judge Nkosinathi Maseko that their results be released and the memo directing them to rewrite the paper in question be set aside.


SANU filed an appeal of Judge Maseko’s ruling four days after the ruling was issued. The students returned to court after being expelled from class, demanding that they be forthwith allowed to Level Four for purposes of studying.


Now that their application has been dismissed, through their attorney, the students are expected to file another application for an order that pending determination of the appeal filed by SANU, Judge Maseko’s initial order be executed.


After picking the anomaly in the examination, the university nullified the scores which the students obtained in the Parent Child Health II (NUR 306) course under the Bachelor of Science Nursing Midwifery.
The effect of the nullification of the results, according to the Registrar of the Southern Africa Nazarene University (SANU) Stanley Ngqwane, was that each student was given zero per cent in the affected course. The external examiner, Professor Nonhlanhla Sukati said it was likely that the students had access to the examination paper and the marking guide before they wrote the paper. The students, in their initial application told the court that they were not to blame if the examiner recycled the same questions year after year. They further argued that the same questions had been repeated since 2014.

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