Chaos as students threaten to break FET campus gate

2014-07-24 00:00

THE registration chaos for N4 students at the Plessislaer FET campus continued ­yesterday.

More than 500 students waited outside still hoping to be registered after eight days of “hell”.

At one point the situation became tense as the students threatened to break into the campus in a possible stampede, however, they calmed down and then waited in an orderly manner.

Umgungungundlovu FET College principal Ntombi Ntshangase opened the dining halls for students to sleep in on Tuesday night, after they had been camping outside the FET’s gates since last week.

Ntshangase said that as soon as she was informed of the situation she rushed to the campus. “I arranged for the students to be accommodated in our two dining halls because I could not allow myself to let these students spend another night in the cold,” she said.

Ntshangase said she also went there yesterday morning to see if the situation had improved. “But when I realised that my campus managers were not coping, I intervened and our central office is now taking over the registration process to ­assist them.”

She said she will also institute an investigation into the allegation of bribery for spaces in the registration queue to ensure that this does not happen again.

While students were happy to be accommodated inside the dining halls, they were not pleased with the registration process as they felt that space at the campus was reserved for the connected few.

“While we have waited here from 4 am this morning, others were being registered inside and SMSing the information to us,” said student Hlengiwe Mkhize.

Ntshangase said Plessislaer was the only campus with student accommodation, so there was huge demand for places there.

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