By Lungelo Nkambule | 2018-02-14
FIRST year students at the Southern Africa Nazarene University (SANU) want their stripping and capping ceremony scheduled for Friday cancelled.
The students are currently engaged in a class boycott demanding that government pays them their allowances and that all first year students become beneficiaries of government scholarship loans.
They also feel that the allowances that government gives them are ridiculously low and must be increased especially because they will pay back the money.
The students have vowed to continue with the boycott until government gives into their demands. They have also vowed that they will boycott their own stripping and capping ceremony scheduled for Friday if government doesn’t give into their demands.
Student Representative Council President Zamokuhle Mamba confirmed that the first year students have vowed not to return to class until their issues are addressed.
He stated that students in other levels were of the view that since the petition had been delivered then they must return to class but the level one students refused.
“The level one students have vowed to continue with the boycott.
They are of the view that there are many problems they are faced with, that must be sorted out before they return to class,” he explained.
Mamba said the SRC and continuing students tried to provide guidance but all was in vein because the first years feel others are not feeling what they are going through.
The capping and stripping ceremony is an important milestone in the journey of students in the nursing profession. It is held for first year students before their clinical experience.
This is of great significance to the student nurses as they do the Florence Nightingale pledge which instills selflessness to all who have chosen the medicinal path.
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