SA man ac­cused of not be­ing qual­i­fied pro­fes­sor

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS -

AMONG the al­le­ga­tions made by Min­is­ter of Labour and So­cial Se­cu­rity Win­nie Ma­gag­ula when mak­ing sub­mis­sions in Par­lia­ment was that amongst the many rea­sons that led to the clo­sure of the Swazi­land Chris­tian Univer­sity (SCU) were that the in­sti­tu­tion had hired a man from Cape Town who had never seen the in­side of a univer­sity.

Ma­gag­ula was re­spond­ing af­ter Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment ques­tioned why SCU had been closed down with­out any warn­ing.

The man that the min­is­ter was al­legedly re­fer­ring to is Pro­fes­sor Daniel James James Ncayiyana, who was vice chan­cel­lor from the day the in­sti­tu­tion started its op­er­a­tion be­fore leav­ing last year.

Pro­fes­sor Ncayiyana, who is based in Cape Town South Africa, where he op­er­ates a con­sul­tancy group Benguela Health, was also Vice-Chan­cel­lor at the Dur­ban Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy be­tween 2001 and 2005, Deputy Vice-Chan­cel­lor, Univer­sity of Cape Town be­tween 1996 and 2001.

He also served as Vice-Chan­cel­lor in the Univer­sity of Transkei be­tween 1991 and 1993 amongst other man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ences.

When reached for com­ment, Pro­fes­sor Ncayiyana con­firmed that he had been vice-chan­cel­lor of the in­sti­tu­tion and dur­ing his stint he made sure that the aca­demic pro­grammes of­fered were sound and he in­sisted that they were of the same stan­dard as South Africa.

“The pro­grammes were sound and I have no doubt in my mind that the stu­dents who were trained there were fully ca­pac­i­tated,” he said. He said it would be a mis­take for gov­ern­ment to com­pletely shut down the in­sti­tu­tion; in­stead it must in­vest in it be­cause it had po­ten­tial to be amongst the best.


He said be­cause it was still start­ing off, SCU had set­backs like fail­ing to at­tract highly qual­i­fied lec­tur­ers.

“The in­sti­tu­tion failed to at­tract highly qual­i­fied lec­tur­ers even though it had a few Korean lec­tur­ers who were ex­ten­sively qual­i­fied and even had PhDs. The oth­ers didn’t even have post grad­u­ates and that was a prob­lem that had to be worked on,” he said.

He fur­ther said what also got him wor­ried was the lack of lab­o­ra­to­ries but he still un­der­stood that the univer­sity was still start­ing off.

“I felt the stu­dents needed more prac­ti­cals but I have no doubt that they are ad­e­quately trained and they were would be bet­ter trained with the prac­ti­cals,” he said.

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