TVET Colleges closed, some courses phased out

2015-10-01 06:00

AMID the recent violent protests at UKZN campuses over registration fees and safer residences, three city Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges have been shut down until further notice.

The colleges - Plessislaer, Msunduzi and Northdale - were closed on Tuesday after students raised concerns about conditions.

Another concern is the issue of transport money which the National StudentFinancial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) has not been giving students living outside residences for the past three months. UMgungundlovu TVET Colleges student representative council president, Khehla Madondo, said after negotiating with management several times, they have decided to bring the institution to a standstill until their concerns are heard.

“Students are concerned about the transport money which they have not been getting for the past three months. They are also concerned that some modules such as public relations, marketing, HR and public management have been phased out from the Plessislaer campus.

“They have given students the option of taking these courses on a part-time basis at Msunduzi campus, which is not the same as part-time students have to pay fees.

“There was also a promise to upgrade Umgungundlovu campuses with new computers with a Wi-Fi connection but that has not happened. Students are fed up with empty promises.”

Madondo said there are also concerns about the state of residences which have not been revamped since heavy storms at the beginning of the year.

At the time of going to print, the Department of Higher Learning and Training could not be reached for comment on the matter

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