CABINET SUB-COMMITTEE MEETS SCU, SRC
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.