Unizulu de­nies ex­pelling preg­nant stu­dents

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Gugu Myeni

THE Univer­sity of Zu­l­u­land (Unizulu) de­nies al­le­ga­tions that preg­nant stu­dents in their fi­nal trimester are ex­pelled from the in­sti­tu­tion’s res­i­dences. This claim was raised dur­ing the Com­mis­sion for Gen­der Equal­ity’s (CGE) pub­lic hear­ings into gen­der trans­for­ma­tion at in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing last week.

CGE spokesper­son Javu Baloyi said the com­mis­sion first re­ceived this in­for­ma­tion from the univer­sity’s Stu­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil (SRC) prior to the hear­ings.

‘This was again raised at the hear­ing and the univer­sity did not agree with nor deny the al­le­ga­tions.

‘The com­mis­sion is how­ever con­duct­ing an ex­ten­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion into this mat­ter and will com­mu­ni­cate find­ings once the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was com­pleted,’ Baloyi said.

In a state­ment on Tues­day, the univer­sity con­firmed that it was in­vited to de­liver a pre­sen­ta­tion on its gen­der pol­icy and how it is re­spond­ing to chal­lenges.

‘This took place on Thurs­day, 22 Novem­ber. One of the is­sues raised was about al­le­ga­tions that the univer­sity had ex­pelled preg­nant stu­dents from res­i­dences in their fi­nal trimester of preg­nancy,’ said Unizulu Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mar­ket­ing Direc­tor, Gcina Nh­leko.

‘When this ques­tion was raised by a jour­nal­ist af­ter­wards, the univer­sity in­di­cated that it would have to look into the al­le­ga­tions.’

Non­to­beko Zulu of the SRC re­it­er­ated that no stu­dent had been ex­pelled ow­ing to preg­nancy.

‘When stu­dents leave the res­i­dence be­cause of their im­mi­nent due date, they are not dis­ad­van­taged be­cause they can still ac­cess the aca­demic and so­cial ser­vices of the univer­sity.’

The in­sti­tu­tion said it is aware of the plight of fe­male stu­dents and the sta­tus of women in gen­eral, and sup­ports the pro­gres­sive stance of the GCE for the at­tain­ment of gen­der bal­anced ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions.

‘The univer­sity also ac­com­mo­dates stu­dents who make spe­cial ar­range­ments with re­gards to com­mit­ments in their aca­demic pro­gramme.’

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