INSIDE THE SCU MESS
Several high-ranking Swaziland Christian Medical University personnel as well as those from the board said they had been banned from speaking to the media.
Some, without stating who banned them, said they could no longer speak to any journalist, in conspiratory tones.
The students say the cut in the book allowance makes it impossible for them to get the necessary books and stationery as the E2 000 only enables them to purchase one book yet they had more courses which also need books.
They said they used to get a book allowance of E6 900.
They also complain of the cut in the uniform allowance as they say it will not be enough to cater for their full uniform.
With regards to the university the students felt the SCU was better than theirs as they lament that there are a number of shortages on learning equip- ment in at SANU.
They pointed out that there is no proper computer lab, as they said the lab which had five computers was now closed allegedly because only one of the computers is working.
They also said there are no laboratories in their institutions which affect the students enrolled in the faculty of health especially those doing medical laboratory studies and Pharmacy.
The students also said there was no proper bookshop at the university hence there is a shortage of books. They said the shortage of books also extended to the library where they allege still has the books which were used by the institution when it was a college.
Furthermore the students say there are students who are owed by the university their refunds for the starter pack fees. Lastly the students want the university to accept their elected SRC members regardless of the fact that they are not members of the church of the Nazarene.
These are the president and the vice president whom they say the university has rejected simply because they are not in “good standing” or members of the Nazarene church which they say is discrimination.