MINISTER WINNIE LIED IN PARLY - SCU
Minister Magagula, in a quest to rescue her colleague, Education Minister Phineas Magagula who was being roasted by Members of Parliament over the sudden closure of SCU two weeks ago, allegedly made inaccurate statements when narrating to MPs why the inst
THE Swaziland Christian University (SCU) has come out to defend itself against allegations levelled against the institution by Minister of Labour and Social Security Winnie Magagula in Parliament on Wednesday.
Minister Magagula, in a quest to rescue her colleague, Education and Training Minister Phineas Magagula who was being roasted by Members of Parliament over the sudden closure of SCU two weeks ago, allegedly made inaccurate statements when narrating to MPs why the institution had been closed down.
A member of the institution’s administration, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the allegations made by the minister in Parliament were inaccurate and the administration had tried on many occasions to point this out to government but it was clear that they were either not listening to them during meetings or they just chose not to accept these facts.
“We have met government officials a couple of times and we tried by all means to correct these inaccuracies but clearly they are not listening to whatever we say because they have gone and repeated these inaccuracies as facts in Parliament,” he said.
He said what must be made clear is that they had respect the ministry of education and the Swaziland Higher Education Council (SHEC), thus they appreciated the process that was being done in assessing institutions of higher education because that would in turn compel them to abide by all set rules.
He, however, stated that the allegations levelled against them by the minister were completely inaccurate and as such they had seen it appropriate to come out and correct such.
“The minister in her submission alleged that the problems dated way back in 2012 when the management of the institution registered in its own name a plot that government had made available to the institution.
This is incorrect because government didn’t lease this plot to the management but to Africa Continent Mission.
So, we don’t understand why the minister would go and say the management did such when they had entered into an agreement with ACM not us, we have nothing to do with the plot or land in question,” he said.
The source further wondered why the minister spoke about the affiliation of the institution when time and time again they had explained that the institution by its nature did not have to affiliate because it was a university not a college.
“Universities do not affiliate, instead they need accreditation from government and they cannot operate without being accredited,” he said.
He pointed out that this was the case with the University of Swaziland and the Southern Africa Nazarene University (SANU); they had both been accred- ited and needed no affiliation.
“Institutions that are affiliated in the country are colleges,” he said.
He wondered why things were then expected to be different when it came to SCU.
He further refuted that the institution’s courses or subjects do not meet required standards as he stated that their courses had gone through the programme accreditation process.
“There is also programme accreditation, whereby you write to councils in this case the Medical and Dental Council and the Swaziland Nursing College.
“We did as per the requirements, took our programmes to the council for accreditation. So, how are then suddenly our programmes not meeting the standards?” he wondered.
DOES NOT PREFER TRUTH: Minister of Labour and Social Security Winnie Magagula.