Angry MPs send deans packing

2010-09-15 18:57

kalahari.com

  • Good to Great
    Make the leap from good to great with this helpful book Was R374.00 Now R187.00
    buy now

Cape Town - Members of Parliament have cancelled a briefing by university health science faculties after the deans of three of the institutions failed to arrive for the meeting and the others arrived unprepared.

The eight deans, most of whom had flown to Cape Town from around the country and were put up in hotels at the taxpayers' expense, were supposed to have briefed Parliament's portfolio committee on health on Wednesday morning on their curriculums and criteria used to admit students.

"I'm not sure if people do understand the importance of Parliament," committee chairperson Monwabisi Goqwana said.

"We take it that when someone is called here, the interest is for them to present and tell what they are doing with the taxpayers' money they are given."

Goqwana said the committee had intended to discuss "a very pertinent issue".

Transformation

He said the three absent universities, the universities of Pretoria, Witwatersrand and Free State, were "catering for a particular race group in South Africa" and had to answer on how they had "transformed".

"The policies of UCT are not same as Wits or Walter Sisulu. It makes it very difficult when there are some not here. We won't know what is happening in their universities.

"The way you select Walter Sisulu is not (the) same at UCT. We need to know what is going on in South Africa. All those things encompass whether we have transformed and we are responding to the challenges of South Africa.

"There are three universities not here. We want to know what is going on. Did they know that they were supposed to be here today? They were invited more than two months ago. It was quite a long time."

DA MP Mike Waters said it was "unacceptable" for the deans to arrive unprepared.

"If it is two months' notice and they aren't here. It is unacceptable," he said.

"Where is the documentation from each university? We understand they are busy, but so are we."

Unclear briefing

Health science faculties' committee chairperson Khaya Mfenyana apologised to the committee on behalf of the deans.

"I think we have to maybe take the responsibility of apologising. We are in a transitional stage. I am new in the position. If we were aware that every dean has to be here, we would maybe have handled the matter slightly differently."

In the corridor outside the meeting he told journalists a briefing letter sent to the deans had not been very clear.

"We thought the briefing was not very clear. We have a prepared a lot better. It is towards the end of the year. Other things are going on. Now that we know what is expected, we will prepare for it next time."

Willem Sturm, dean of the faculty of health sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, said the unnecessary trip had cost "a few thousand" for each dean. The cost of the trip was covered by universities, which were state-funded.

"My time is also costly. It really is a matter of insufficient briefing," he said.

- SAPA

Read more on:    cape town  |  education
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
 

Zuma: Pray for peaceful polls

President Jacob Zuma has asked members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God to pray for peaceful elections on 7 May.

 
 

Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Saturday Constantia - 07:19 AM
    Road name: Rhodes Drive Both Ways
    ROAD CLOSED between Constantia Nek and Canterbury Road until 1300
  • Saturday Constantia - 07:17 AM
    Road name: Rhodes Avenue
    ROAD CLOSED between Canterbury Road and the M3 Highway until 1300
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

BlackBerry Curve 9380

The first BlackBerry Curve smartphone with a touch screen Stay connected...

From R1799.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Self-indulgence may be strong today. You may want to enjoy yourself to the fullest and share it with those that make you feel...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.