Students worried as UNISWA remains closed
A week later, the University of Swaziland (UNISWA) has still not reopened and this has sent students into a panic mode.
UNISWA students are worried that they are losing out on time to learn before their first semester examinations set for December.
The students are worried because they have lost a week of school yet the rules of semesterisation stated that each semester would be 12 weeks of learning and a study break week before the examinations commence.
Student Representative Council (SRC) President Sibusiso Siyaya said the situation on the ground was dire when one looked at the rules and regulations as the students were losing time.
He said they were losing time that they would be unable to regain moving forward.
“It is unfortunate that the institution was closed down indefinitely, something that we honestly didn’t want. We only wanted to demonstrate our dissatisfaction,” he said.
He said past events taught them that at the end it was students that suffered when the problems were caused by adults posing as government officials.
“It is unfortunate that today we find ourselves in this situation because government refuses to do things right. Students are expected to go class to hungry and learn without books,” he said.
Siyaya also said his main worry considering the time was that they would experience the 2013 debacle where students lost time due to class boycotts with over 280 students being forced to repeat at Mbabane Campus.
“It is really sad but that doesn’t mean we will stop demanding what rightfully belongs to us and those are allowances from our sponsor,” he said.
UNISWA has maintained that the institution remains closed until further notice.
Today marks a week since the institution was closed after students who were engaging in a class boycott over a number of issues vandalised property and further overturned a police car.