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MBABANE – Luyengo Campus students are furious with one of their lecturers for allegedly making them supplement a course.
The 181 first-year livid students are expected to supplement the course after failing it in the past semester.

Supplementary exams will begin on Monday.
The students’ gripe is that this is too huge a number for students in a class to supplement.
The students alleged that the lecturer told them before they closed for the festive holidays, that he wanted them to remember him even when they were home performing their chores.

So serious is their contention that they have threatened to engage in a protest action against their lecturer, whom they allege deliberately made them fail.
“The saddest part is that the number of failures is alarming compared to other students who learn the same course with a different lecturer. Our colleagues at the Kwaluseni Campus did well,” one student said.

The students representative council (SRC) members confirmed their colleagues’ grievances.
“It is true that 181 students are expected to supplement a certain course and this is a thorn in the flesh to the student representative body as the same lecturer was reported for deliberately making students fail. This is not the first time he has done this,” alleged one of the SRC members.

The SRC member pointed out that the entire student council was not happy about this and that they were determined to put an end to it.


The member narrated that in the last academic year 2018/2019, 91 students were made to supplement the same module and only five passed.
 He further narrated that the administration was informed about this but since it was in the middle of the year, the students were told that they could not be given another lecturer.

The SRC member alluded that after examinations, an independent marker was roped in to assess them and most students passed in that year. However, the member reiterated that the same lecturer was brought back to lecture them on the same module. This is when they again attained poor marks.

“Most of the students were only left with a mark to pass but they were made to fail. Enough is enough, when we die we will die once, we won’t be ill-treated when we can fight for ourselves,” he said. 
Meanwhile, UNESWA Registrar Dr Salebona Simelane could not be reached for comment. His phone rang unanswered despite countless calls and a text message.

He was asked if he could confirm the number of students enrolled for the course, the number of those who passed and those who failed. The registrar was also queried on whether or not the lecturer was reported for the same reason last year.
Simelane was further asked if it was common cause for such a high number of students to supplement.

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