Delay on bursary letter

2014-01-27 00:00

BY 5 pm yesterday, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education (DoE) had not yet posted a letter, as ordered by a judge, on their website informing Sants Private Higher Education Institution students that their bursaries would not be cut.

Pietermaritzburg high court Judge Pete Koen on Friday ordered the department to post a letter by the end of business day yesterday.

The wording of the letter the DoE was supposed to have posted said: “You’re entitled to enrol and study with Sants Private Higher Eduation Institution for the degrees of BEd … entirely at your own volition”.

It goes on to state: “Your bursary agreement will automatically renew for a year at a time until completion of the approved course provided you furnish the department with your results after every examination period as well as the qualification certificate upon completion.”

Sants, a teacher training institution, recently attached 708 of the department’s vehicles in lieu of payment and said it still intends to launch contempt of court proceedings against the department.

This is after the department failed to pay R36 million in bursaries to the Sants Private Higher Education Institution.

The outstanding money was meant to be paid to fund the tuition of more than 1 000 student teachers.

Sants spokesperson Kobie van Zyl said they were relieved about the judgment and feel positive about it.

He said the whole court case was about the future of teachers in the country and the protection of the students’ rights.

“There is a huge shortage of teachers especially in the rural areas. That’s why we are targeting these areas so that teachers can go back to their communities to teach,” he added.

MEC Peggy Nkonyeni’s spokesperson, Bhekisisa Mncube, said the Sants matter was a complicated issue and they are hoping to review it.

Meanwhile, he said they would study the judgment and comply with whatever was stipulated.

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