Oversight committee listens to grievances of FET college students

2013-09-18 00:00

FET college students had their chance to discuss issues affecting them when the portfolio committee on higher education and training oversight committee heard complaints from various campuses on Monday.

In April, The Witness reported on the student strike that occurred at the Umgungundlovu and Northdale campuses of the local FET college, which resulted in 26 students being arrested. The striking students were dissatisfied with overcrowded hostels; being forced to live in private residences; and transport issues.

Representatives from all nine FET college campuses across KZN met with the committee in Durban. These representatives included management, student representative councils (SRCs) and unions representing the staff.

Foster Mohale of the parliamentary communication services said that the oversight committee’s visit was part of its mandate to see what challenges higher institutions around the country faced.

“The students explained why they had a strike and what issues they faced. One of the issues was a lack of accommodation. Other challenges such as funding, budgets, lights, transport, bursaries and infrastructure were also raised at the meeting,” Mohale told The Witness.

The root of many challenges is lack of funding, said Mohale.

“We took the issue of funding and plan to talk to government to ensure that funding reaches the colleges in January, to help clear up some of the challenges …”

Long wait for FET college students to receive their certificates

THE Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training conducted an oversight across the country to gather information on the challenges institutions face.

According to MP Annelie Lotriet, the DA shadow minister on Higher Education and Training, an official from the committee estimated that 38 000 FET college students across the country did not receive their certificates to confirm completion of their studies.

“It is completely unacceptable that students have to wait, in some instances, for six years to receive their certificates. By refusing to hand over certificates, the Department of Higher Education and Training is effectively blocking the entry of 38 000 people into the jobs market,” Lotriet said.

Lotriet said she will write a letter to President Jacob Zuma requesting him to intervene on this matter. “On behalf of FET students, the DA has repeatedly called for action from Blade Nzimande, the Higher Education and Training minister, who has continued to sit on his hands while thousands of students suffer.”

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