Stu­dents wor­ried as UNISWA re­mains closed

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Lun­gelo Nkam­bule

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.

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