College under fire

2018-09-12 06:02
Students of the Northern Cape Urban Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College engaging in one of the meetings in the Phatsimang College hall on Monday (10/09) to address the new college policy.Photos: Boipelo Mere

Students of the Northern Cape Urban Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College engaging in one of the meetings in the Phatsimang College hall on Monday (10/09) to address the new college policy.Photos: Boipelo Mere

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“Our intention is to block this policy from being implemented through handing over a memorandum of our grievances to management.”

That was revealed by Mike Molusi, student representative council (SRC) president, during a mass meeting at the Phatsimang College on Monday (10/09).

The student meeting was triggered by the notice distri­buted by the Northern Cape Urban Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College on social media on Wednesday (05/09), announ­cing a new policy that is to be implemented come 2019.

The students expressed their shock about the college planning to no longer offer second chances. The notice also specifies that policy states the college will not be offering part-time, correspondence, repeaters, exam only and supplementary courses.

The students expressed their frustration that no prior engagements took place before the notice was posted on social media and on notices boards.

Gearing up to address the issue, mass meetings organised by the SRC are being held, to get a mandate from students on the way forward.

Some of the students have even threatened that a march be held to confront management to reverse the decision.

Frustrations were expressed as students demanded answers from the SRC, who also cried foul about the lack of proper consultation in this decision.

“This policy does not only affect the students, but the community at large – thus we do not support it at all as the SRC,” said Molusi.

He said this decision had never even been hinted at or discussed on the academic board, or at any meeting with them. He said the earliest meeting they could schedule with management was for Monday (17/09).

No one was available for comment at the college, as the newly appointed principal, Brian Madalane, was reported to be out of town for the week.

The earliest day for comment was expected to be Thursday (13/09), with response to be given by Dimakatso Musi, deputy principal.

A statement was issued at the eleventh hour before Express Northern Cape went to print. This stated that the message was aimed at encouraging robust debate and discussions internally, which would be to the benefit of both the college and the students.

The statement was signed on behalf of the principal and stated that the notice was being corrected, and would be tabled to the SRC, allowing them the opportunity for input.

) Read students’ opinions in the vox pop by Refilwe Sekwati on p 5.

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