Protests cost too much time, says student

2016-04-20 06:00

ALL Dickson Sekgoro (20), a student in Public Management at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), wishes for, is a fruitful second semester.

He feels he has already lost too much time due to the #FeesMustFall campaign.

He feels the student protests have come at just the wrong time, after he had been given a second chance to study at the institution.

Sekgoro and his fellow students are now facing the possibility of their modules being cut, as they had only attended classes for two and a half weeks. He has now been left to squat at a friend’s place longer than expected, as he had not yet been called to the student residence after his application had been approved.

“I understand the plight of the other students who joined the protest, which later turned violent and left everyone fearing for their lives,” said Sekgoro.

Although this first-year student said he was disappointed by the way the first semester had turned out, his will to complete his course would not be dampened, because he had travelled seven hours on a bus to achieve his dream.

“My dream is to see myself using my bubbly personality and people skills to take public services to the people.”

Coming from a family of four children, Sekgoro also aims to support his two younger siblings and give them a better education than he had received.

“I was forced to take a gap year and to reapply for my current course, due to a lack of funds.

“My preferred course was Hospitality Management and I was also accepted for it, but I did not have enough funds.

“However, I was given another chance in life, as I was accepted for this course as well. I wish and pray for peace at the institution and for classes to resume.

“I wish a way forward would be found, that management, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and the students will find a solution. As we all know, communication is the key to solving this situation.”

Sekgoro is so hungry for education he is prepared to attend every extra class offered.

“This might be our last holidays. I cannot say that I have been studying, as I had been doing that until the announcement was made that some of the modules will be cut out. I then decided to stop.”

I wish and pray for peace at the institution and for classes to resume.

– Dickson

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