Observer on Saturday - - News - By Alec Lushaba

ACabi­net sub-com­mit­tee tasked with the as­sign­ment to re­solve the Swazi­land Chris­tian Med­i­cal Uni­ver­sity (SCMU) cri­sis met with the in­sti­tu­tion’s ad­min­is­tra­tion headed by Pro­fes­sor Kim.

The uni­ver­sity was closed last week fol­low­ing an in­sti­tu­tional as­sess­ment by the Swazi­land Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil (SHEC) which raised crit­i­cal is­sues that needed ur­gent at­ten­tion.

The re­port was pre­sented to Cab­i­net, which felt that op­er­a­tions should be halted un­til the crit­i­cal nine points raised have been ad­dressed.

SCMU stu­dents have been pres­sur­ing the min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion to re-open the uni­ver­sity, but their ef­forts have been met with re­sis­tance un­til the is­sues raised by the re­port have been thor­oughly ad­dressed. Con­tacted last night, Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Min­is­ter Phineas Magagula con­firmed their meet­ing with the uni­ver­sity ad­min­is­tra­tion in the pres­ence of SHEC. “We in­vited the uni­ver­sity to the meet­ing as the Cab­i­net-sub­com­mit­tee so that we can ap­pre­ci­ate the is­sues raised by the coun­cil. After pre­sent­ing the is­sues to them, the uni­ver­sity made an un­der­tak­ing to ad­dress the is­sues in a form of a re­port which we ex­pect by Mon­day. We then in­vited the Student Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil, whom we told the is­sues that made their in­sti­tu­tion to be closed for now. We are plan­ning to meet fur­ther with a se­lect com­mit­tee of par­ents as well on Mon­day at 10am to ex­plain the cir­cum­stances that have seen the uni­ver­sity be­ing closed,” he said. Magagula said upon re­ceipt of the uni­ver­sity re­port re­spond­ing to the nine crit­i­cal con­cerns raised by the coun­cil, they will then ta­ble the re­port to Cab­i­net, which will give them guid­ance.

The Cab­i­net sub-com­mit­tee deal­ing with the is­sues com­prises of the min­is­ters of fi­nance, eco­nomic plan­ning, health, ed­u­ca­tion, labour and so­cial se­cu­rity and the at­tor­ney gen­eral.

But the fi­nance and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment min­is­ters were not present in yes­ter­day’s meet­ing as they are out of the coun­try on busi­ness.

SCMU Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Sipho Vi­lakati con­firmed their meet­ing and was op­ti­mistic that the is­sues raised by the Cab­i­net sub-com­mit­tee will be at­tended too.

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