Stu­dents protest over late exam re­sults and move of cam­pus

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - HEIDI GIOKOS heidi.giokos@inl.co.za @hei­di­giokos

CLOSE to 1 000 stu­dents from the Cen­tral Johannesburg Col­lege in Alexan­dra are un­happy af­ter not be­ing able to reg­is­ter for the new aca­demic year due to re­sults not be­ing re­leased on time.

Stu­dents, mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and oth­ers af­fil­i­ated with the Na­tional Health Ed­u­ca­tion and Al­lied Work­ers Union (Ne­hawu) blocked the main en­trance to the cam­pus in Alexan­dra yes­ter­day and burnt tyres, de­mand­ing the prin­ci­pal come out and ad­dress is­sues the col­lege faces. Among other is­sues, stu­dents are frus­trated at the de­ci­sion taken by the man­age­ment to move cer­tain cour­ses to the El­lis Park cam­pus in Doorn­fontein.

The union’s me­dia li­ai­son, Khaya Xaba told The Star mem­bers were up in arms af­ter 71 lec­tur­ers were sus­pended from dif­fer­ent cam­puses and, as a re­sult, stu­dents were un­able to ob­tain their re­sults and reg­is­ter for the new aca­demic year.

“The stu­dents, staff and the broader com­mu­nity ex­pressed their frus­tra­tion af­ter still not be­ing able to ac­cess their re­sults and this has re­sulted in stu­dents not be­ing able to reg­is­ter for this year. Staff also par­tic­i­pated in the protest af­ter 71 of them have been sus­pended,” said Xaba.

He said it was still not known why these lec­tur­ers were sus­pended last year.

Stu­dents’ frus­tra­tions did not end there af­ter they were told cer­tain cour­ses would be moved to the El­lis Park cam­pus this year.

“Stu­dents are also upset af­ter they found out some pro­grammes and cour­ses will be moved to El­lis Park cam­pus. This will in­cur costs for stu­dents. They now walk to the cam­pus in Alexan­dra but will now have to get trans­port to travel to and from class,” Xaba said.

He said some stu­dents’ costs would dou­ble should the col­lege go ahead with mov­ing cour­ses to the El­lis Park cam­pus.

“Stu­dents are against the trans­fer as they can’t af­ford the trans­port and rental costs in the El­lis Park area, which he said were about R1800 com­pared to R700 in Alex,” said Xaba.

He said a mem­ber of the Stu­dents Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil, Clive Mo­gale, had in­formed him that yes­ter­day’s in­ci­dent was in­cited when stu­dents were told that the me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing and busi­ness cour­ses had been trans­ferred to the El­lis Park cam­pus.

“This has been done with­out con­sult­ing stu­dents.

“This will put so much strain on us as stu­dents,” added Mo­gale.

The Stu­dents Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil has since handed over a mem­o­ran­dum to the man­age­ment at the col­lege and the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, but there has been no re­sponse to their con­cerns and de­mands so far.

The union said a meet­ing would be held with the col­lege’s coun­cil to find a way to deal with the is­sues.

Af­ter nu­mer­ous at­tempts to con­tact the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the col­lege, no re­sponse to queries was pro­vided by the time of pub­li­ca­tion.

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