By Sifiso Nhlabatsi | 2018-07-09
GOVERNMENT-sponsored students were shocked last Friday when they were denied access to their results at the University of Swaziland (UNISWA) because of owed fees.
The students were of the view that since they received their allowances, it followed their tuition fees were fully settled by government.
They only learnt on Friday that government had not paid their fees and it owes UNISWA money in millions of Emalangeni.
UNISWA Registrar Dr Salebona Simelane made it clear when asked on what would happen to those students who were government-sponsored and had not paid their tuition fees. Simelane said it did not matter whether a student was self-sponsored or sponsored by government.
The registrar said the university would exercise the same measure across the board and would not be lenient with any party, whether government sponsored or not.
Simelane said no one would be getting results until he or she had paid the fees.
The registrar stated that if someone wanted to get his or her results an offer must be made. He said the university needed money for its day to day operations. Students have not taken kindly in having their results withheld by the university.
Some students immediately vented their anger on social networks after they were informed that they will not be given their results due to fees owed to the university.
The students stated that they did not understand how they owed fees when it was government who was paying.
The frustrated students stated that they did not understand why it was said they owed fees when they received their allowances.
Simelane, however, made it clear that government owed the institution huge sums of money.
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