FET students continue protest over text books delay

2017-09-05 14:16
A policeman watches a FET College security guard break a lock to the entrance gate.

A policeman watches a FET College security guard break a lock to the entrance gate. (Ian Carbutt)

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There will be no classes until text books have been delivered.

That was the clear message Msunduzi FET students sent to management on Monday when they abandoned their classes. The students said they were tired of empty promises that the text books would be delivered only to be given more excuses when this did not happen. On Monday, the students continued with the protest, which entered its third week, by padlocking the main gate to the FET.

They said teaching and learning was halted until the text books arrive.

They said they have waited three weeks for textbooks that were supposed to have been given to them in July at the beginning of the semester.

A stranded N4 management student said she was not happy that gates were closed. “When I arrived we were told the strike was going ahead and we were denied entry to the campus,” she said, adding that it was unfair that they have been left in limbo.

“Commuting to campus is costing us money. We are behind with our work and are supposed to be preparing for our final exams. The SRC has not addressed us as students to say what is going on. It’s really unfair.”

Msunduzi SRC deputy president Anele Khumalo said the problem was that the institution has a shortage of text books.

“We have tried to talk to management to resolve the issue but they are not budging. They keep saying it will take three weeks for the text books to be delivered but its been over three weeks. How are students expected to study for their examinations when they don’t have enough means to prepare?”

Khumalo said they embarked on the strike three weeks ago but management has blatantly ignored them.

“It’s not that we do not want to attend lecturers but students want assurance that the books will be delivered. We have asked management for proof to say the books have been ordered but we did not receive it.”

Khumalo said it was unfair that exam timetables have been issued when text books have not been issued. He had lost all trust in the senior management and wanted the campus to be placed under administration. “You cannot run an institution this way. It is management’s duty to ensure that students have all the study material,” he said.

The Msunduzi FET rector did not respond to questions sent by The Witness.

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