Students strike over textbooks

2017-09-13 06:00

Umgungundlovu TVET College, Msunduzi campus N6 students went on strike outside campus gates on Monday, September 4, because they still have not received textbooks and control tests and final examinations get underway soon.

One of the students, who claimed to be part of the student representative council, but requested anonymity, said the strike has been ongoing for three weeks and would continue until students get textbooks.

The student said another issue is that second-hand textbooks are being sold when school policy states that once a student has completed a course and no longer needs the textbook it should be returned to the school so it can be issued to the next student.

“Time is running out, an exam timetable has been handed out but we do not have textbooks,” the student said.

The student said college management told them that textbooks had been ordered, but that only delivery is pending at this stage, however, he said when students demanded proof from management that the textbooks had been ordered none was forthcoming.

“We also do not like striking because since the strike began we have not been learning,” said N6 student Swe Dlamini.

College management said the shortage of textbooks was caused by the previous N6 group not returning as many books.

“The campus then made several interventions while new books were being ordered, but suddenly students felt this was inadequate. After constant engagement with students there has been agreements that classes would resume on Wednesday, September 6 [yesterday]. The normal programme of the college like tests and examinations will continue as normal,” a statement from the college read.

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