Prof: Tranformation badly handled at UKZN

2012-07-31 11:19

Durban - Transformation was badly handled at the University of KwaZulu-Natal forcing experienced academics to leave the institution, the Natal Witness reported on Tuesday.

"We have lost a pedoligist [a scientist who studies soil properties and classifies soil types] who cannot be replaced immediately and this is because of the inability to handle transformation," Professor Albert Modi, a dean of UKZN School of Agriculture, was quoted as saying in the paper.

Modi was speaking at the farewell of Professor Jeffrey Hughes, head of soils science at the school.

He said it was unfortunate that Hughes had to leave because he had three to eight more years to offer for his services.

He said the old staff comprising mainly white people and the staff which came after the merger to form UKZN misunderstood the meaning of transformation.

"The leadership of the university is saying transformation will be implemented whether the older group likes it or not, while the latter feels that transformation is meant to make black staff superior to whites, which is not the case," he said.

Hughes said one of the reasons he chose to resign was because of the administrative style of the university.

"I didn't expect this [lecturing] to be political. I find that I can't trust people in authority at UKZN," he was quoted as saying in the Witness.

  • Gordon20 - 2012-07-31 11:29

    NEWS 24 should start to spell check their articles

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-07-31 11:42

    Arrogance getting in the way of common sense. It is the students that suffer unfortunately

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-07-31 11:53

    And Prof Hughes, I don't blame you. As far as I and many I assume and understand is that transformation is meant to make black staff superior to whites (whether they do have the expertize or not) is exactly what it is suppose to be. AS the anc said, there are many things they haven't said and many they did, which mean that interpretation is open but not for discussion but for the abuse of certain systems and regulations, as and when it suits them to either twig it to this side or swing it to that side. Whenever they do say something of any importance, they are lying as well.

  • Retlaw - 2012-07-31 11:58

    And that is why our education in this country dear people is going the way it is, without even dumping text books in Limpopo.

  • daleen.prinsloo - 2012-07-31 11:59

    @Kagiso you chop! He resigned because he couldn't work with stupid people f&^%ing up the system! There are many white and black people that work together just fine because their level of intelligence are the same. Stop generalizing! If you force an educated person and an uneducated BEE person in the same office... it just doesn't work! Or even better, make the BEE candidate the boss, then you'll loose all your skilled and educated staff!

  • zamani.myende - 2012-07-31 12:03

    The merger between University of Natal and University of Durban-Westville was a failure because many students failed during the process. . .

  • anakin.skyvader - 2012-07-31 12:04

    What is UKZN Vice-Chancellor Malegapuru Makgoba's qualifications exactly? He looks like someone that belongs in the military, and definitely NOT at UKZN. And WHY can't they find a replacement now for Professor Jeffrey Hughes who found the situation there untenable? Viva, break everything until nothing is left to transform, then what?

  • ntloko.yamazizi - 2012-07-31 12:10

    Yes we need to transform,but not this way

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-07-31 12:15

    Substandard educators deliver substandard education. Marginalise the cream of the crop and you're left with the cream of the crap! Transformation in a dictatorial fashion will compromise standards. This will turn us into international pariahs. Good on you prof! Share your skills with people who respect and appreciate your contributions!

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-07-31 12:30

    Just appoint any ANC cadre to the position. Since when do they need a qualification to be appointed. Give him a pay hike and huge bonuses while u at it. Even better if he is a Zuma family member.

  • gert.grobler.94 - 2012-07-31 12:48

    SA is an unavoidable lost case- you can't blame the blacks for behaving the way they do. It is a case of taking what you can whilst you can, because tomorrow you may have other blacks in power that are not your friends and then you lose out. We are talking big salaries here and that is the motivation together with taking away the power or influence of whites. it has nothing to do with educational standards and it may just as well cease to exist as far as the blacks are concerned. The PAY CHECK--ONLY THE PAY CHECK will make them happy. All the universities will suffer the same fate with international downgrades as a result. Any white at SA universities must start looking for jobs abroad- the attitude of these blacks are destroying SA.

  • Raven Jimmy - 2013-03-05 09:49

    We need whites in SA as they are part of our society. Everyone should be treated equally. Everything is just a sad story in SA now.

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