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

Swazi Observer - - FRONT PAGE - By Lun­gelo Nkam­bule

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.

In­cor­rect

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.

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