Students threaten strike at Msunduzi’s FET College

2012-02-17 00:00

WHILE Westville campus resumed lectures yesterday, students at Umgungundlovu FET College’s Msunduzi campus have threatened that their strike will continue next week if issues are not resolved.

This was despite talks between the student representative council (SRC) and the Msunduzi campus management on Wednesday and yesterday morning.

SRC president Philani Nduli said issues behind the strike included insufficient textbooks, too few computers and limited student cards for students which infringed on their security, allowing anyone to walk onto the campus.

However, FET College spokesperson Lynn Horan said that all outstanding issues of concern to full-time students were resolved. “Many of the issues were internal management issues and not college issues, but an agreement has been made,” she said.

In Durban, UKZN’s Westville campus remained calm as lectures resumed with a strong police and security presence.

UKZN spokesperson Nomonde Mbadi said talks between the SRC and the university’s executive management started last year to address issues like financial aid and accommodation.

“The university has made available R16,2 million from the university’s funds to financially needy and academic sound students in addition to the approximately R229 million that we have received from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme [NSFAS] for 2012,” said Mbadi.

The university was able to fund 6 676 students who qualified academically and are in financial need, Mbadi said.

“… we have approached government for additional funding — management and the central SRC are seeking additional funding for 1 368 students from NSFAS.”

Of the 42 000 registered students (both undergraduates and postgraduates), the campus can only accommodate 10 605 — 6 070 students in on-campus residences and the remaining in off-campus residences.

Mbadi said the university’s executive was discussing a student housing plan with a phased development of future on-campus residences.

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