By Lungelo Nkambule | 2018-02-14
In an unprecedented move Vice-Chancellor Professor Cisco Magagula joined students in a meeting to address them and also advise against boycotting classes.
Addressing the students on Monday, Magagula pleaded that they must consider their education and put it first.
He said while he understood the grievances of the students it was also important that they remember the primary reason they were enrolled at the institution. He pleaded with the students to return class and let the Students Representative Council to continue engaging those involved so that the students grievances were sorted out.
The professor further clarified that contrary to popular belief the institution was not in the habit of keeping students allowances in its accounts to make interests off it as some people believed.
He said instead as soon as they received it from the sponsor they gave it to the beneficiaries.
When reached for comment the Registrar Dr Salebona Simelane confirmed the unprecedented move by the VC stating that the exercise was meant to bring clarity to the students on the notion that their allowances were being kept by the university and also persuade the students to return to class.
“As head of the institution the VC has a duty to safeguard the welfare of all citizens of the UNISWA community hence todays address.
The VC was basically clarifying this notion and further persuading the students to return to class,” he said.
The VC is said to have further told the students that it would be unfortunate for classes to be suspended because this would mean the students would lose out on learning time.
While some students took heed of the VC’s address and left the meeting with the intention of returning to class there were those who continued with the strike action which eventually forced the senate to close down Luyengo and Kwaluseni campuses indefinitely.
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