GOOD SHEPHERD GRADUANDS TO PAY E1 000 IF NOT ATTENDING
ursing students who are supposed to graduate with the Good Shepherd Nursing College are caught between a rock and hard surface as the institution is now threatening to impose stiff fines for those who resolve to opt to graduate in absentia.
The nursing students are now forced to attend the graduation or risk paying a hefty fee imposed on them when they collect their certificates and transcripts. The college is alleged to have this early this week devised a threatening strategy in an effort to stop a pending embarrassment of students boycotting their own graduation.
The nursing students are alleged to have been told by the college authorities in no uncertain terms that its either they pay E350 or graduate in absentia but their transcripts and certificates will cost them E1 000 when they collect them.
The students also disclosed that the institution must revisit the student’s handbook they gave them when they were accepted into the institution. The outgoing students said the college must not frustrate them because they still want to continue with their academic life in the field as this is not the end with Good Shepherd Nursing College.
The college authorities are said to have been infuriated with the Observer on Saturday’s disclosure of the college postponing their graduation, giving different statements to the graduating students.
The Nursing College this week issued a riot act to the students after the media disclosure threatening the students with a heavy fine if they dare boycott the graduation.
The graduation for the Good Shepherd Nursing College is so far slated for November 17after being postponed twice, with conflicting statements issued by as reasons for this.
Nursing students vowed to boycott the graduation claiming they are forced to pay E350, and alleged they have had enough with the institution.
The students said they would rather attend the ceremony and use that amount of money with their families at Siteki Hotel.
The graduation postponement, although only justified as due to unforeseen circumstances, it’s alleged to be due to late submissions with the Swaziland Nursing Council for the licensing process.
The haphazard firing of competent officers resulted in failure to follow the procedures with the Swaziland Nursing Council on submission of names with council. The institution has not stated the real reasons of postponing the graduation three times.