SA man accused of not being qualified professor
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.